The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

April 7, 2013

Smiles across the miles

Girl Scouts make dolls for kids overseas

OAKWOOD — Girls in Troop 2885 in Oakwood hope to bring a smile to faces of children they don’t even know.

The 26 girls, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, spent three months putting together dolls for Operation Smile. The international children’s charity performs free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft palates, cleft lips and other facial deformities.

The troop leaders are Joyce Treadway and Charlette Jones.

“They enjoy doing things for other people,” Treadway said of the girls.

The troop chooses a big project every year, and this time, it was Operation Smile. The girls found information about making 12-inch-tall dolls and a pattern on the website.

The girls traced and cut out the material, sewed the dolls together, stuffed them and mailed them to Operation Smile, which will give them to children awaiting surgery for facial deformities. Smile Dolls are used by therapists to alleviate fear of the unknown, while communicating about upcoming medical procedures.

The agency needs dolls of all shades of skin-toned fabric, as the medical missions take place all over the world, including South America, Europe, and the Middle and Far East. People making the dolls generally use white, muslin, tan and light brown.

The Oakwood troop’s dolls, for the most part, were made of solid colors, but a handful sported colorful designs. The colors needed to be neutral so they could appeal to any nationality.

The girls were instructed not to adorn the dolls and not to put faces on them or write on them, Treadway said.

The girls spent three months and made more than 25 dolls, Treadway said, and finished at the end of January. Most sewed the dolls by hand, but four were made on machines.

Co-leader Charlette Jones said the girls’ mothers and grandmothers helped them with the sewing project, and the girls enjoyed working with the older women.

Text Only
Local News
  • Digital checkout limit increased

    April 16, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston council hears water project update

    Mike Streff, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, updated city council members Tuesday on the continuing progress of the ground and elevated water storage tank project.

    April 16, 2014

  • Trojans get past Ramblers

    STAFF REPORT ATTICA, Ind. -- Regan Foster hit a home run and drove in three runs as the Covington softball team defeated Attica 8-5 on Tuesday in Wabash River Conference action. Andi Taylor had three hi

    April 16, 2014

  • Mayor looks for fire committee members by Labor Day DANVILLE - Now with budget discussions done for the time being, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer is looking for people to serve on a committee to analyze the fire division and its future. He'd like recommendations from the committee to the city council by Labo

    April 16, 2014

  • Salary talks go on at meeting DANVILLE -- Few members of the Vermilion County Board came out strongly for or against the issue of salaries for county offices and positions. Members of the Vermilion County Board discussed the issue of salary increases for offices up for election i

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston group discusses economic development

    Economic growth was on the agenda Monday night in Hoopeston as about 50 people gathered at St. Anthony's Parish Hall to discuss an economic development strategy for the city.

    April 15, 2014

  • Covington Middle School students win at Purdue Science Fair

    Eighth-grader A.J. Kline and seventh-graders Shiley Claypool and Diana Shelby told school board members about their science fair projects Monday night. They competed at the Lafayette Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Purdue University last month.

    April 15, 2014

  • SpaceX delays station delivery launch CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer. With less than two hours remaining, the Space X company called off Monday's planned launch from Cape Canaveral. A new launch date was not set; the next atte

    April 15, 2014

  • Oakwood sells its water and sewer systems

    Village trustees are faced with a responsibility many small towns would love to have — what to do with $2 million in cash.

    April 15, 2014

AP Video
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Must Read