Chloe Newman was born without a limb and has spent many hours of her 18-year-old life getting fit for prosthetic legs at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts. When she saw that Mattel was releasing Barbie dolls with prosthetic legs just like hers, she wanted to share them with other children who have shared her experience.
A New York teen collected hundreds of Barbie dolls with prosthetic legs to donate to Shriners Hospital for Children.
Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield received more than 400 Barbie Fashionistas #121 dolls, which will be distributed to their prosthetics patients.
This is all thanks to Chloe’s efforts to help patients like herself feel like they’re not alone. “I think that they would feel better about themselves maybe, or at least that’s what I’m hoping that they would say. ‘Oh that’s really cool, they’re making a Barbie like me, so why should I be ashamed of myself if there’s now toys like me,'” Chloe told WWLP.
Chloe began her mission hoping to collect 100 dolls for the hospital.
She bought the only four they had in stock at her local Walmart and tried contacting Mattel to see if she could buy them in bulk. “We’ve got to find a way to accumulate the 100 dolls to bring them out there,” Chloe told CNN. “I didn’t want to bring them out in dribs and drabs.”
Chloe posted on Facebook asking friends and family to send dolls if they found them, and promised to reimburse them later. “Not one person wanted reimbursement, and I received 15-20 dolls at a time,” Chloe said to CNN.
In addition to the dolls Chloe collected, Mattel donated an additional 200 dolls. Chloe said, “The whole point was to give back to Shriners because we’ve received so much.”