Twin Cedars Doll Project brings smiles to Federal Way faces

Nancy Herigstad holds one of her favorite dolls among the batch donated Dec. 17 to Multi-Service Center
Nancy Herigstad holds one of her favorite dolls among the batch donated Dec. 17 to Multi-Service Center's Christmas House.
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/The Mirror

After three years, the Twin Cedars Doll Project continues to grow — all in the name of charity.

Residents at the Twin Cedars community in unincorporated King County helped refurbish and clothe nearly 90 dolls for local children. About 30 dolls went to South King Fire and Rescue's foundation on Dec. 12, while about 60 went to Multi-Service Center's Christmas House project Dec. 17.

Lola Kimmel, the project's coordinator, received help from about 30 volunteers in Twin Cedars. Residents crocheted clothing and blankets as well as crafted shoes and collected boxes for the dolls. Kimmel and volunteers also held workshops on how to make clothes and shoes for the dolls.

Kimmel once belonged to a doll club that dressed dolls for donation to the Salvation Army. She continued the hobby after moving to Twin Cedars, and is amazed at the number of people who want to help.

"They find it is a worthwhile project. This is something we have done from the heart," Kimmel said. "We love dolls. We want to share our love of dolls with less-fortunate kids in the community."

In fact, Kimmel and helpers are thinking ahead with dozens of dolls already being stored for next year.

"As soon as the Christmas rush ends," said volunteer Nancy Herigstad, "I start again."

To learn more about the Twin Cedars Doll Project or to make a donation, call Lola Kimmel at (253) 874-3365.

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