Tender Loving Care Dolls are provided to agencies in Montgomery County that counsel children. Members assemble to sew, stuff, dress, and distribute special handcrafted dolls that are creatively dressed in handmade clothes, with the dolls’ hair carefully woven in a variety of colors. The dolls are crafted in such a way that one side has a smiling face, and the other side has a sad face. This provides the counselors with a tool to encourage children to begin to express their feelings during difficult times, whether they feel happy or whether they feel sad. In addition, the dolls are used as “comfort dolls” for grief counseling and in hospice summer camps for children.
In recent years the program has been expanded to provide the comfort dolls to individuals with special needs, as well as those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.