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What is the Barbie Girls Project?The Barbie Girls Project is simply the name of our initiative that describes our original mission of gifting Barbie dolls to needy girls. Since then, we have revamped our focus to include more than just Barbie dolls, and not just for girls, but all manner of toys for girls and boys of all ages. The Barbie Girls Project name reflects its founders as being what we describe as real-live Barbie girls, and this is their (our) project. As such, we reach out the community where and when we see a need, which may vary by month or year. And while we may work with certain organizations on a recurring basis to obtain partnerships with them, we do not have any stake in their organizations directly and are purely on a volunteer basis with any local, national, or global organization we mention by name. You can read all about how we got started here.
What donations do you accept?The Barbie Girls Project collects donations of new-in-box or gently used Barbie dolls and accessories, as well as other toys from other brands for children (girls and boys) ages 0-18. Examples of toys include (but are not limited to) action figures, board games, construction and science kits, art supplies, baby dolls, and children's books. Contact us if you would like to make monetary donations.
During the toy drive season for the Indianapolis, IN-based Child Advocates organization, all gently-used Barbies donated prior to the start of the event are gifted to needy children where at all possible, and when none are found, we resell the dolls as part of a virtual garage sale held locally so that 100% of the proceeds collected helps to purchase a variety of new-in-box toys for the toy drive. In addition to this, Child Advocates has a separate means of obtaining donations for gift cards and other items by seeking sponsors for specific children in order to fulfill their wish lists. You may contact Nikita Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 493-2227 for more information.
Is The Barbie Girls Project a non-profit? No. At this time, it is strictly a special-interest group with a passion for community outreach. Therefore, if you would like a year-end tax receipt, we are not able to provide you with one - however, you may reach out to Child Advocates (Nikita Garner at email@example.com or (317) 493-2227) if you would like to obtain a receipt on their behalf since the organization is a non-profit entity.
Are there cut-off dates for donations? Typically, donations may be sent to The Barbie Girls Project year-round; however, at this time, we are refraining from accepting donations in the mail until further notice. Due to partnership changes, the shipping address will be changing, and we will post the new address in this section as soon as we determine a new location! As far as the toy drive event goes, Child Advocates sets specific advocate location drop-off dates, as well as specific dates of collection at the Pillow Logistics Warehouse, all in early December. After that time has expired, Child Advocates sorts and delivers toys to the foster families in advance so that the children are guaranteed to have toys to open on Christmas Day. NOTE: As of Winter 2016, the Pillow Logistics Warehouse now has a larger facility located at 5150 West 76th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
What events or projects have you worked on? Starting first with an MSD Washington Township school located in Indianapolis, IN, we have also assisted with donation campaigns with Indy Fire and Rescue, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, local family shelters within the Indianapolis area, Grace Church, and Child Advocates. We continue to expand our reach as we obtain leads from our community partners, friends, and family.
Do you have a newsletter? We don't, but that is currently something being considered! In the meantime, feel free to follow us on Twitter @barbie_charity or by liking us on Facebook to stay in the know! And of course, you may also drop us a line at any time if you have additional questions not found on this page.