Hundreds of Barbies Collected for Children with Prosthetics
A Mechanicville teen and her mother are collecting Barbie dolls with prosthetic legs. They plan to donate the dolls to Shriner's Hospital for Children in Springfield this fall.
Chloe and Cindy Newman got excited about Barbie Fashionista #121 about a year ago when Mattel first announced they would be making a doll with a prosthetic leg.
Chloe, 18, has had a prosthetic leg since her parents adopted her from Kazakhstan when she was a year old.
Chloe recently reached out to toy-maker Mattel to ask about buying about 100 Fashionista #121s, but never heard back.
Cindy went on Facebook Sunday night to ask people for help buying them. In less than 24 hours, about 200 dolls had been purchased on their behalf.
"I didn't expect this. I really did not expect this. It's mind boggling," Cindy Newman said.
Cindy said Amazon limits Barbie sales to about 20 per customer.
"What I was thinking was going to happen was someone would maybe walk into a store and see three, pick them up and then I'd reimburse them so that we could get to 100," Cindy Newman said. "We really wanted a quantity to take to Shriner's and it was like bing, bing, bing I finally called her over I said, 'Chloe you're not going to believe this.'"
Chloe was in shock.
"I was sitting next to my computer like crying. I was like, 'Oh my gosh! How, how?'" Chloe asked. "This is great."
Though she doesn't play with many dolls now, Chloe she said she was still thrilled to see a Barbie with a prosthetic leg. She said she's also excited to see reactions from other little girls who get their prosthetics made at Shriners.
"I'm still excited but how are the little girls going to find out, they're going to freak out," Chloe said.
Though dolls have come a long way, Cindy said there's still more progress to be made.
"We need someone to make a male version because there's also a lot of little boys with one leg and a lot of little boys whose dads have one leg," Cindy said. "I said, G.I. Joe's got to get on this, somebody's got to get on this because, yeah, we have half the population that has one leg represented, but we need the other half too."
Cindy and Chloe plan to give the dolls to the hospital for disbursement sometime in October.
If you'd like to help make a doll donation, you can get in touch with Cindy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.