Help Don't Cry...I'm Here Welcome Refugee Children to the US

For: Don't Cry...I'm Here Refugees
Minneapolis, MN
Organizer: Gail Harvey
Help Don't Cry...I'm Here Welcome Refugee Children to the US (Don't Cry...I'm Here Refugees)
$250
of $1,000 goal
25% Complete
Raised by 1 donor

The Story

Don't Cry... I'm Here is based in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota Metropolitan area of the United States and  donates beautiful culturally sensitive dolls and teddy bears to newly arrived refugee children from newborn to 18 years old.  These dolls and bears give the children a doll or bear to love, hug, talk to, cry with, and laugh with while adjusting to a new land. The gift pack for girls includes an ethnically dressed doll matching their cultural traditions, other doll clothes, doll quilt, pillow, shoes, socks, and accessories. These dolls help these girls to learn nurturing skills, typically learned from parents, but now compromised due to survival in dangerous situations and refugee camps.  The gift pack for the boys includes a Boy Buddy Bear, some clothes to dress the bear in, a toy, a blanket and a tote bag.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity and have been operating out of our house since it began in July of 2017.  We have grown so quickly to meet the need of "Welcoming" our newly arriving refugee children that we have outgrown our space and need an workshop to do our work and to efficiently reach as many children as we can.  We have begun using our local library's meeting room to hold "Workshop Volunteer Hours" and a Drop-Off location for volunteers that work from their home and need to deliver to us.  As we have our "Workshop Volunteer Hours"  we use that time as an opportunity to bring an awareness of the Refugee Crisis and the adaptation of the Refugee Families to their new life in the United States.  So...we have many facets of reaching out to our community for help and cultural acceptance.


If you would like to reach us for any reason, send your email to:

[email protected]


Visit our website at:

https://dontcryimhere.org/


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 18, 2018

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Posted on April 18, 2018

Here are a few photos from yesterday's delivery of 10 Doll/Buddy Bear  Tote Bags to Lutheran Social Service in Minneapolis. They are so  appreciative of all of the work we do for their refugee children.  We  are getting to know the staff and they are really great people with so  much refugee knowledge. Thanks everyone....for helping us welcome them. 


Posted on April 16, 2018

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Posted on April 16, 2018

This is one of our Karen dolls dressed in Traditional Karen Clothing. (The Karen refugees come from Burma and this area has been in conflict for a long time.)  

This is everything that this little Karen girl will be receiving in her Doll Gift Tote Bag.  It includes 6 outfits, doll purse,  hairbrush, hair clips, undies, pj's, blanket and pillow.  And it includes a tote bag so all of her doll goodies can be easily tucked away for safe keeping or traveling. 

Every one of our Tote Bags comes with a "Welcome to the United States" card from a United States child that is handmade from their heart to Welcome the new little refugee.


Posted on April 6, 2018

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Posted on April 6, 2018

Here is a photo from our delivery today of a Boy Buddy Bear Tote Bag  to Lutheran Social Service of St. Cloud, Minnesota. This little boy will have so much fun playing with this amazingly cute Teddy Bear.  Thanks everyone....for helping us welcome this little boy. 

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