|Damita, a beanbag doll from Save the Children Collection|
Damita was found recently at a local thrift store where I was in search of articulated, dark skinned, playscale bodies. She stood out among the other small dolls and stuffed playthings as I walked toward the toy section. Her 0.79 cents handwritten price tag coupled by her mint condition with still-attached booklet were the deciding factors that prevented me from leaving the store empty handed as not one articulated doll was found.
At the register, the cashier gave me a total of $1 and some change. Frowning, I asked, "How much did you charge me?" She looked at Damita's 0.79 cents price tag and said, "0.99 cents; that's supposed to be a 9" as she pointed to the "7," on the price tag.
Unsure of herself, she asked me to wait a second while she called to confirm the price. The person with whom she spoke instructed her to charge me 0.69 cents.
After making the proper register adjustment, 0.69 cents plus tax is what I paid for this cloth beanbag doll from Save the Children Collection by Cavanagh Group International; Roswell, GA, USA, ©1999. While my purchase did not benefit Save the Children, original sales of Damita and the other dolls in the line generated donations to Save the Children Federation, Inc. of between 4 to 6% of the retail price.
Each Save the Children beanbag doll also features an exclusive pattern designed by Children for Save the Children. The patterns can be found in elements of the clothing design. According to Damita's booklet, the artwork found on her shirt was drawn by Andre, age 10, and is appropriately named "On the Trail."
Damita's booklet also tells the story of the child she is crafted about. A snapshots of the child's story can be read below (after clicking to enlarge the images):
Additional beanbag dolls from Save the Children Collection can be seen here. Information about Save the Children and the work it continues to do on behalf of children in rural America and over 120 countries around the world can be read here.
By the way, I would have paid the $1 and some change had the cashier insisted, but the 7 clearly looked like a 7 and was not at all similar to the 9 that followed it.
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