When my granddaughter, Amelia, was born, I purchased Felicity—the American Girl doll whose story is set in Williamsburg, Virginia—right when they announced that she would no longer be made. Truthfully, I went into full-blown panic. Williamsburg is one of my favorite places in the world. I love the history and everything about it. When American Girl introduced Felicity, I just loved her and hoped that one day I would have a little girl that would love her as I do. The very thought of not getting one for Amelia was out of the question. Our day is coming when we will sit down, unveil her, put together her tea table, and start our journey with Felicity.
This week, the American Girl company introduced the doll of the year: Grace Thomas. I started reading about Grace, and I was so excited. Grace, an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit, is motivated to follow her dream of starting a baking business after an inspiring trip to Paris. There will be a movie and books to tell her story. But here is the good news: American Girl has created For Goodness Bake!, a year-long fund-raising initiative in support of No Kid Hungry, which is a campaign to end childhood hunger in America from Share Our Strength.
Starting this week, American Girl is encouraging girls to host charity bake sales in their community and donate proceeds to No Kid Hungry. Because 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in the United States, American Girl is helping ensure all children get the healthy food they need every day. For every dollar a girl raises, No Kid Hungry can connect a child with 10 additional meals. American Girl donated $50,000 to kick off the program.
Our magazines center on the home and encourage women to get in the kitchen and create wonderful family memories around the table. This new doll is available for only one year and will encourage and hopefully create a passion for cooking and creating businesses among young girls—how exciting! And Grace, who starts a baking business as a young girl, is near and dear to my heart.
American Girl has graciously provided Grace for one of you to win. It is my hope that the love of cooking will be ignited in the hearts of young ladies everywhere through this new book series and that the contributions that are generated will feed thousands of precious children everywhere. For more information, go to americangirl.com/girloftheyear.
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