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How to Pay It Forward While Playing with Dolls

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Ever since she could choose what toy to play with, Elle’s chosen dolls. Blocks keep her attention for a few minutes. Books, maybe longer. But dolls, dolls are the thing that make my baby girl the happiest. It’s amazing to watch her nurture and love her “soft toys” at such a young age. When I learned about The Doll Kind I was especially excited since it’s a brand that takes on the TOMS pay-it-forward model, in this case giving a doll to a child in need for every doll purchased.

In addition to paying-it-forward to give back, the mission of the company is to spread kindness and as such, each doll comes with a kindness kit. Inside the kits are 10 tokens with special phrases on them to encourage children to give as an act of kindness.

The Importance of Giving

My friend and former colleague Sally Mundell used a similar philosophy when starting The Packaged Good, after seeing a trend: parents were asking for donations to various charities instead of gifts for birthday parties and teens were doing “Mitzvah projects” for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. After looking for places she and her young daughters could go to volunteer their time as a family and coming up short, Sally decided it would be empowering to create a space that lets children be a part of the act of giving, teaching them how important giving is and how good it feels.

On that note, you can contact The Packaged Good to host your child’s birthday party. Ask to assemble care packages with dolls to go to a child in need, if you’d like!

The Doll Kind Giveaway

If you’d like the chance to win a doll and kindness kit for yourself, follow @bornonfifth and @thedollkind on Instagram and comment below with your handle. We will pick a winner on Friday, April 14.

You can also purchase the dolls by visiting The Doll Kind‘s site. For the next three days, enjoy 20% off your purchase with code: BORNONFIFTH

Thank you to The Doll Kind for sending Elle what is now one of her favorite dolls!

  1. Jillian Greenberg
    April 11, 2017 - 3:30 pm - Reply


  2. Alexa Scott
    April 11, 2017 - 6:39 pm - Reply

    @alexaescott – love love love, liv would freak over these dolls!

  3. Courtney
    April 11, 2017 - 8:47 pm - Reply

    My girls would love these!! @courtneygthomas

  4. Jillian Smoller
    April 11, 2017 - 9:53 pm - Reply

    Love reading your blog! Presley would love this doll! @jillyksmoller

  5. Nicole
    April 12, 2017 - 3:28 am - Reply


  6. Michelle Myers
    April 12, 2017 - 11:10 am - Reply

    I haven’t seen these yet where I live (GA) but it’s such a great concept and one little girls need to learn early! It’s a doll they can be proud of for sure and not to mention completely adorable! I would LOVE one for my youngest, Emma. Thank you!

  7. Leigh
    April 13, 2017 - 1:28 pm - Reply

    So impressed with your blog and always love a giveaway!! Lilly would love whatever Elle loves 👶🏻💕@leighslovitt

    1. Emily Hertz
      April 15, 2017 - 1:47 pm - Reply

      Congrats, Leigh! You’re the winner. I’ll DM you with details!

  8. Nicki
    April 14, 2017 - 8:15 pm - Reply

    Such a wonderful idea! I love the little tokens! And Elle is just precious!!! @nickistro

  9. Ali
    April 14, 2017 - 9:15 pm - Reply

    Your baby girl is a doll! Thanks to your beautiful Instagram and blog I just found out about The Doll Kind. I absolutely love the idea behind these dolls and the idea of giving back to others, especially those less fortunate. Kindness is key. My daughter is turning one next month and I have been looking for the perfect gift. I think this would be it. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity. <3 @ali_laura4

    1. Emily Hertz
      April 15, 2017 - 1:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the sweet words! I hope you’ll continue to follow along XO

  10. Sarah Slatter
    April 15, 2017 - 2:44 am - Reply

    I follow you both! My little girl loves dolls too! I love the concept, meaning and actions behind this doll! 💕 Thanks for the chance to win one and spreading even more kindness! My account is private, but I’m a real person;) @sl8rsgirl

  11. Molly
    April 16, 2017 - 12:05 am - Reply

    I love these! I’m @mollys.miles

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