American Girl Creates Unique Dolls To Honor Real-Life Heroes
American Girl is honoring five real-life heroes on the front lines of the pandemic. For their Heroes with Heart contest, the doll maker asked kids across the country to nominate an outstanding hero from their life to thank those who’ve risked their lives during the health crisis. The five winners of the contest are getting the American Girl treatment – a one-of-a-kind custom-made American Girl doll and outfit that looks like them. And not to leave out the kids who nominated them – they also win a $200 American Girl gift card.
From more than one-thousand nominations of moving stories, these are the five honorees chosen:
- April – Virginia-based paramedic April O’Quinn was nominated by her niece, who says sometimes her aunt had to do her job without the proper protective equipment or cleaning supplies. She explains that April contracted Covid herself and when she recovered, she was right back at work to help others.
- Xavier – This 17-year-old grocery store clerk was nominated by his sister, who says he has asthma, but puts his risk aside to work five days a week.
- Pam – Her students nominated this teacher because she made personal visits to each of them at home, bringing a bag of books and an encouraging sign.
- Sarah – This nurse assistant was nominated by her granddaughter for her dedication and patience as a caregiver, as well as her efforts to feed the homeless in her community.
- Laurent – The pilot for Spirit Airlines who volunteered to fly a team of American doctors to Haiti to fight Covid-19, then returned with a flight full of stranded U.S. citizens was nominated by his daughter, who says she’s “so proud of him for stepping forward to help!”
“Whether you’re providing healthcare, keeping families stocked with food and supplies, or making sure cities keep running,” American Girl writes on its website, “we owe you a huge thanks.”