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Homeless American Girl Doll

Thoughts on the Homeless American Girl Doll

I'm all for exposing my child to the different walks of life. One of the reasons why I believe in the public school system is that children can get a taste of the real world by making friends with different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Taking kids along to volunteer can open their eyes and show them how good it feels to help those less fortunate. Having said all that, I'm not sure where I stand on the newest addition to the American Girl doll lineup.

As the economy has suffered, more children have become homeless. As a way to teach children about the unfortunate plight of some youngsters, the toy makers created a limited edition "homeless" doll named Gwen. I understand the concept and think it could be a great talking point but it does seem a tad ironic that the pretty lil blonde lass costs $95. While that's the going rate for the highly coveted dolls, it seems the company could have helped the homeless cause even more if they made the proceeds go directly to a homeless cause, say one that might actually help homeless children even. What's your take on the latest American Girl doll?

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nicole121482 nicole121482 7 years
I'm thinking it would have more meaning if some of the proceeds actually went to helping the poor children...there are other ways to talk to kids about homeless children then spending $95 on one that does nothing for the poor kids...what a sham!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
The point of the doll isn't that she IS homeless, which she isn't, its that they were in a shelter at one point, while her family struggled with finances.. people seem to be having a hard time grasping this. It's helping others, in another girls book, understand hard financial times. Secondly, not every single homeless person is living on the streets and covered in several layers of grime. It isn't cut and dried and its can be a constant shifting of circumstances. I HAVE been homeless, and let me tell you, I didn't look much different then this girl. Our family of 6 wore clean clothing, and lived in our truck for a while when my mother was laid off and my father was battling a workers comp issue with a severe injury. We lost the house and most of our belongings until my father was recovered enough to get a better job and we slowly got ourselves into housing. Mental illnesses and the such are not the only reason people end up homeless. It would really be helpful if people understood that you don't have to be living in a back alley to be homeless and completely poor.
mommyof5children mommyof5children 7 years
Since I homeschool my children, we do a lot of volunteering and get to see how REAL homeless people live. I do not think a lovely blonde doll--homeless or not---helps to build sympathy or compassion for those less fortunate. I don't see anything wrong with spending 100 dollars on a doll, since I have friends who seems to think a wii is worth upwards of 200, and a doll is something girls enjoy playing with. However, the issue here seems to be whether or not the proceeds should go to homeless people, since American girl made a homeless doll. I think its their decision, not mine. They're the ones that have worked hard to get their company founded, and I'm the one that works hard to pay for the doll. It would have been a nice gesture, but I don't think we as society should demand niceness.
rgrl rgrl 7 years
It seems hypocritical to me.
Moms Moms 7 years
My kids are well aware of the homeless people in our city and ways they can and should help others. I don't have an issue with the doll, but I agree that the price is ridiculous.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I don't like these dolls, never have. I just can't see spending that kind of money on a doll and her accessories. so I really don't have any different opinion about this new one than I do about the others.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
As far as I read, she's not actually homeless. She's the friend of one of the main girls and had a rough spot with her mother where they were in a shelter for a few moments before they found permanent lodging. I don't think its any different then any of the other issues they deal with in the other stories, they all have things they have to overcome. I don't know why people are up in arms over it becuase they aren't donating to charities.. none of the other dolls are donating to their specific issues charity. They've already said she isn't the "homeless doll". Doctor barbie doesn't have to donate to a charity becuase shes helping little girls keep an open mind about choosing whatever career they want.. i don't like it for the same reason i dont like any of the dolls. It's a great idea and I like the stories, but 100-200 dollars per doll is RIDICULOUS! A child does not need a doll that costs as much as a car payment.
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