The Giving Doll was created and copyrighted by Jan Householder in March 2006, as a community volunteer project, when a friend’s daughter (Katherine) became a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Handmade cloth dolls were constructed by volunteer sewers, and Katherine took the first dolls to the hospital, when she went for treatments. As other needs became apparent, the program expanded to include children in a variety of settings worldwide.

In 2009 The Giving Doll, Inc. became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.


Stop in any Tuesday or Thursday from 10am to 2pm to watch dolls being made, talk to volunteers, hear about the scope of our outreach or find out how you can get involved.

The Giving Doll Shop
2561 Wadsworth Rd.
Norton, Ohio 44203
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 2pm