Emma Giving Doll Raises $9,000 For Akron Children’s Hospital. What is the Giving Doll headquartered in Norton? (video link News Fox 8)




55,325 Giving Dolls have been distributed since 2006 worldwide with headquarters in Norton, Ohio. The Emma Giving Doll is their newest addition. The Giving Doll has chapters in 12 states.

Christina on the radio with the Emma Giving Doll made in Norton, Ohio.

It was 11 degrees outside this morning but, inside Akron Children’s Hospital, it was heartwarming. On the air with Christina, Emma’s mom was so special. 25 Emma Giving Dolls were sponsored @ $180 each. The pledges were matched while we were there. $9000 raised for Akron Children’s Hospital.


What is the Giving Doll?

The Giving Doll was created and copyrighted by Jan Householder in March 2006, as a community volunteer project, when a friend’s daughter (Katherine) became a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Handmade cloth dolls were constructed by volunteer sewers, and Katherine took the first dolls to the hospital, when she went for treatments. As other needs became apparent, the program expanded to include children in a variety of settings worldwide.

In 2009 The Giving Doll, Inc. became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

News Fox 8 story on the Giving Doll Organization


Stop in any Tuesday or Thursday from 10am to 2pm to watch dolls being made, talk to volunteers, hear about the scope of our outreach or find out how you can get involved. Evening hours 6-9 the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

The Giving Doll Shop
2561 Wadsworth Rd.
Norton, Ohio 44203
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am – 2pm

The Giving Doll needs volunteers to make Emma Giving Dolls. Stop at the Shop in Norton 10am to 2 pm or see the link below to fill out a form. Evening hours are 6-9 the 3rd Tuesday of each month..

How to Help:


Please consider making a tax deductible donation today. You can make a secure donation online through PayPal or donate by mail with a check.

Mail checks to:
The Giving Doll
P.O. Box 972
Wadsworth, OH 44282


In addition to financial support, supplies are also always welcome. Our most-needed items are:

  • Poly Fil (stuffing)
  • Hair Colored Yarn
  • Woven Cotton and Cotton Blend Fabric
  • Thread, Trims, Lace, Elastic:3/8 and 1/4 inch wide
  • Gift cards from: JoAnn Fabric, Michael’s, Wal-Mart and Visa
  • Postage stamps to mail requested materials

Supplies can be dropped off at the locations to the right.


From individuals to church groups, quilt and sewing guilds, and local businesses, there are many different volunteer opportunities at The Giving Doll.

For more informations, please submit our volunteer form.

See Link for Volunteer Form



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