Target: Jean McKenzie, American Girl Executive Vice President
Goal: Express gratitude concerning creation of diabetic accessories kit for American Girl dolls.
The American Girl company, famous for their numerous dolls and outfits, has released a Type 1 diabetes (T1D) care kit, meaning that children suffering from the disease will be able to play with toys that resemble their own diabetic kits, making these dolls relatable to more children. A simple request from an 11-year-old, who just wanted “everyone to feel good about themselves,” launched a national movement for acceptance and tolerance, and the movement has finally achieved its goal.
The popular doll company, which creates dolls with endless combinations of hair and eye color, had recently taken to producing add-on accessories. The support for the newly-released T1D package started with a petition by Anja Busse, now 13 years old. In her petition, Busse argued, “I know that if they made American Girl doll diabetic accessories it would make thousands [of] diabetic kids like me happy.” Busse garnered over 4,000 signatures before American Girl announced its plans to create the kit, which costs $24 and features an insulin pump, insulin pen, and blood sugar monitor.
“American Girl has a long history of creating items that speak to diversity and inclusion, and the diabetes care kit is yet another way we are expanding in this important area,” said Stephanie Spanos, a spokeswoman for American Girl. The CDC announced that over 167,000 school-age children in the United States have T1D, and reported cases are increasing. According to parents and educators, the new accessories are much more than just another toy; they allow children with diabetes to become more comfortable with their disease. They feel accepted, and instead of the disease being a source of shame or embarrassment, it becomes something to be embraced and understood.
The American Girl company has often been at the forefront of inclusive movements, having previously introduced dolls of various nationalities and ethnic groups. The latest release proves that the company is still committed to this ideal. Send your thanks to this company for their efforts to provide tolerant and enjoyable toys for children.
Dear Vice President McKenzie,
I am writing to applaud your company’s recent decision to introduce a diabetic accessories kit. Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) affects over 167,000 school-age children in the United States, and providing a kit designed with this illness in mind shows great sensitivity and thoughtfulness towards children battling the disease. These new accessories are much more than just another toy; they allow children with diabetes to come to terms with their disease.
The American Girl company has proven to sell diverse and inclusive products with not only the introduction of the diabetic kit but also dolls with various nationalities and ethnic groups. I praise this decision and your company’s commitment to make every child feel included. You have my sincerest gratitude for your efforts to create an inclusive atmosphere for children.
[Your Name Here]
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