14-year-old girl restores American Girl Dolls to be delivered to kids in Ukraine

With the war in Ukraine still raging on, one girl in South Carolina is using her love of dolls to spread joy to those kids impacted. Leah Barcus, also known as “the Doll Doctor,” is the founder and executive director of Joy Doll Hospital.Leah received her first American Girl doll secondhand and instead of sending it away to get it fixed, she decided to learn how to do it herself.Understanding how much joy her doll gave her, she wanted to share that joy with kids in children’s homes and orphanages across the country. “I kind of connected the dolls and with the children and came up with the idea to give them an American Girl doll that had been restored,” Leah said. “When I got my first American Girl doll, it brought me a lot of happiness. It was just really fun and it brought me joy. I want to bring that same joy to other children that need hope in the world.” Her passion for dolls and sharing joy is now going overseas to Ukraine.Thanks to a number of people in her corner, 40 dolls are being delivered to kids displaced from the war. “They don’t have anything to do while they are just waiting for the war to end. They don’t have any toys. They have to leave them all behind, leave their home behind, and maybe there is no hope for some of them. So I really want to give them something that they have joy in,” Leah said.However, for Leah, it’s more than just doing something nice. “Joy Doll Hospital isn’t just about giving dolls. It’s giving a message as well. So it’s also a ministry,” Leah said.As each kid receives their doll, inside is a message, a message of hope. “I want them to know that is a God that loves them no matter what. Every blessing you desire, every need you face, and every truth you seek is found in Jesus,” Leah said.One that she hopes sticks with them forever.If you would like to donate to the Joy Doll Hospital, click here.

With the war in Ukraine still raging on, one girl in South Carolina is using her love of dolls to spread joy to those kids impacted.

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Leah Barcus, also known as “the Doll Doctor,” is the founder and executive director of Joy Doll Hospital.

Leah received her first American Girl doll secondhand and instead of sending it away to get it fixed, she decided to learn how to do it herself.

Understanding how much joy her doll gave her, she wanted to share that joy with kids in children’s homes and orphanages across the country.

“I kind of connected the dolls and with the children and came up with the idea to give them an American Girl doll that had been restored,” Leah said. “When I got my first American Girl doll, it brought me a lot of happiness. It was just really fun and it brought me joy. I want to bring that same joy to other children that need hope in the world.”

Her passion for dolls and sharing joy is now going overseas to Ukraine.

Thanks to a number of people in her corner, 40 dolls are being delivered to kids displaced from the war.

“They don’t have anything to do while they are just waiting for the war to end. They don’t have any toys. They have to leave them all behind, leave their home behind, and maybe there is no hope for some of them. So I really want to give them something that they have joy in,” Leah said.

However, for Leah, it’s more than just doing something nice.

“Joy Doll Hospital isn’t just about giving dolls. It’s giving a message as well. So it’s also a ministry,” Leah said.

As each kid receives their doll, inside is a message, a message of hope.

“I want them to know that is a God that loves them no matter what. Every blessing you desire, every need you face, and every truth you seek is found in Jesus,” Leah said.

One that she hopes sticks with them forever.

If you would like to donate to the Joy Doll Hospital, click here.

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