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Don’t Cry…I’m Here delivered Doll Gift Tote Bags to The Center for Victims of Torture Healing Center in St. Paul, MN

Here are a few photos from 10-10-17 of our delivery of Doll Gift Tote Bags to The Center for Victims of Torture — the Yellow House. It is a beautiful house down a quiet street…perfect place for finding comfort and support after a very difficult journey to the United States. It is called the CVT Healing Center. It’s atmosphere felt like a Healing Center…..calm and quiet….with kind and caring people.Delivery to The Center for Victims of Torture- Yellow House - 1... 10-10-17Delivery to The Center for Victims of Torture- Yellow House - 2... 10-10-17Delivery to The Center for Victims of Torture- Yellow House - 3... 10-10-17Delivery to The Center for Victims of Torture- Yellow House - 4... 10-10-17

Target Store on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis donates a Gift Card to Don’t Cry…I’m Here

Target 900 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis $50.00

NEWS!!! Today we received a very generous donation in the form of a gift card from our Minneapolis, MN Nicollet Mall Target store to be used to purchase dolls and doll related items for our Doll Gift Tote Bags. This is part of Targets way of supporting local charities. I just HAD to take a picture of this gift card from this wonderful company donation. Hey everyone….we are going to make this project as big as we can….and reach as many little girls as we can!! Let’s work hard and make this happen!! A HUGE Thank You to Target!!

Little Anfa reunites with family after refugee camp and receives a Don’t Cry…I’m Here Doll Gift Tote Bag

Little Anfa was not allowed to come to the United States when her family came a few years ago because she was an infant and was not able to speak for herself to the immigration people.  So her parents had to make a difficult decision and she was left in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya with her grandparents until things could be straightened out.  3 years later she is finally reunited with her parents in Minneapolis, MN and Farrah Fazal from KSTP tells the story on one of our major news stations in Minneapolis.

Gail Harvey from Don’t Cry…I’m Here said, “I was just watching our local Minneapolis KSTP news broadcast tonight and they had a report on a newly arrived little refugee girl from Kenya that caught my attention. As I watched the story I was frantically writing down information to contact KSTP to get one of our Doll Gift Tote Bags to this little girl. All of a sudden….I saw her and she was holding one of our dolls. The link below shows Anfa holding her doll and hugging it tightly. Click on the link below to watch this story and at 5 minutes 46 seconds little Anfa is holding one of our dolls. I have confirmed that this is one of the dolls that Don’t Cry…I’m Here gave to Lutheran Social Service–Refugee Services. Anfa received her doll when she arrived to her new home.Anfa-Kenya refugee received doll.

http://kstp.com/news/hell-to-heartland-3-year-old-anfa-separated-from-family-after-birth-dadaab-refugee-camp-somalia-reunited-minneapolis-/4621589/?cat=1

Beautiful Refugee Girls Receive Dolls from Don’t Cry…I’m Here

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We, at Don’t Cry…I’m Here, were over-the-top excited to receive 2 photos of 4 little refugee girls that received our Doll Gift Tote Bags. Our Doll Gift Tote Bags include an ethnically-sensitive 18″ doll, doll outfits and accessories for the doll, quilt and pillow set and a tote bag to put all of their little doll goodies into.

After a very dangerous and difficult process to get to safety … and then a lengthy process to get to the United States….these 4 girls are settling into their new homes and living a life of freedom.  And their dolls will be at their sides as they adjust to this new life.

These photos were taken and shared with us from one of the Refugee Resettlement organizations that we work with…..Lutheran Social Service-Refugee Services.  Permission was given by the parents of the girls and Lutheran Social Service-Refugee Services to share these photos.

The Center for Victims of Torture blogs about Don’t Cry…I’m Here

 

We  at Don’t Cry…I’m Here  have developed a very important connection with The Center for Victims of Torture. We have made 2 deliveries of Doll Gift Tote Bags to CVT.   We KNOW that the families of the little refugee girls that CVT works with have gone through such horrible and unthinkable times and these little refugee girls NEED a  doll to love and care for.  And we will do everything we can to donate as many dolls as they need to reach the hurting hearts of the little girls.

Below is the CVT blog featuring Don’t Cry…I’m HereDelivery to The Center for Victims of Torture

http://www.cvt.org/blog/culturally-sensitive-dolls-welcome-refugee-children-us

Donation to The Center for Victims of Torture

On August 23, 2017 we delivered 8 more Asian Doll Gift Tote Bags to “The Center for Victims of Torture”.  These Asian Doll Gift Tote Bags will be given to our little Karen refugee girls.

This is our second delivery to CVT and it was nice to meet with the people that we had met a month ago when we made our first delivery to them.  A couple of people from the CVT communication team were there to ask me a few question and take some photos.  They plan to write a blog about Don’t Cry…I’m Here.  How cool is that???  Below are photos of the 8 Doll Gift Tote Bags that we delivered.

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Making a delivery to The Center for Victims of Torture is the highlight of doing this charity work.  It means that our dolls are one step closer to getting into the hands of our little refugee girls.

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