DO YOU MAKE DOLLS THAT LOOK LIKE MY CHILD?
Our mission is to teach children to care for and learn from others who are different than themselves. My Sibling and My Pal Dolls are outfitted and packaged by adults with disabilities in a sheltered workshop, so we offer them to you as you see them in our store. For these reasons, any changes to a doll's outfit or appearance will result in an extra charge. LorettaRose, LLC is a small family - run business with a big heart! We want you to be happy, so take a look and find one of our characters from whom your child can learn a great lesson, and rest assured, they will love him! There are 9 different hair, eye and skin color combinations to choose from, and remember - beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!
1. I like a certain character/theme, but I want a totally different doll (hair, eye, skin color). Can I make a purchase like this?
Answer: We charge $20 to do this, and it adds a week to the delivery time. You must call our customer service number to make these arrangements. 973-632-3921
2. I like a certain doll, but I want his hair to be shorter, can you do this for me?
Answer: We charge $10 to do this, and it adds an extra 2 days to the delivery time. You must call our customer service number to make these arrangements. 973-632-3921.
3. I am purchasing a doll, but I also want another character's outfit. Can I purchase that separately without another doll?
Answer: No, we do not sell our character outfits separately.
4. Is there any doll for which I do have a choice of hair, eye and skin color?
Answer: Yes. My Pal the Patriot and My Pal for Christmas are offered with many choices.
5. Why don't you offer more choices for your Andy, Matty and My Pal for Autism Awareness dolls?
Answer: This is best answered by the following response we gave to a customer who presented this question to us:
CUSTOMER: "Also, my grandson is autistic and looks just like this. Why do you limit your autism dolls to certain looks? Thanks."
our response: I was delighted you chose My Pal for Peace, he happens to be my personal favorite of all the characters I created for my doll program, because of the message he brings to children who receive him: "Peace begins with me!" I will be happy to take the headband off the doll and fluff up thehair, but you may want to do it again when he arrives. Our dolls are outfitted and packaged in a sheltered workshop for adults with disabilities, some of whom have autism - I thought you would be glad to know this, considering your grandson has autism. My son does, too, he will be 30 on April 30th this year.
As far as your question about the limited looks of our dolls, I must say that we don't consider our dolls are "autism dolls," rather, they are little boy dolls that represent any little boy - beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. This is a very small, family run business and we don't have the resources for endless options of hair, skin and eye color. More importantly, though, it would be the opposite of our mission which has always been to teach children to care about others who are different than they are - whether it be in appearance, culture, learning style, abilities, interests, etc. Andy was our very first doll, we started our business with him, so we chose to make him medium skin, brown hair and brown eyes so he would be sort of "in the middle" of all different peoples' appearances. He represented any typically developing little boy who had a brother with autism - that's what his story, "Andy's Terribly Funny Waterfall," is about. Since then, as we have grown the business, we created characters with different color combinations, but we have never tried to be in the business of "look alike" dolls, that's just not our focus. I hope you understand a little better now our motivation in developing our characters the way we have. None of our dolls represent a child with a disability, the stories are all told from the perspective of the typical child who has either a sibling or some other special person in their life that makes them interested in the disability.
Thank you for your interest in My Sibling and My Pal Dolls!