American Girl has Turned Virginia First Responder Into a Doll

American Girl Dolls honors first responder, April O’Quinn with a new doll made in her likeness. Despite being everyday heroes, EMT paramedics and other medical professionals have been on the frontlines of combating the coronavirus pandemic. 

O’Quinn was one of five national winners in the “Heroes with Heart” contest run by American Girl Dolls. The competition solicited nationwide nominations.  April was nominated by her niece Young Lacey who lives in Texas and is always telling others about her amazing Aunt April who is helping people as a Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) EMT.

Of the thousands of nominations the Mattel company received, the one sent in by April’s niece was chosen to represent the best of the COVID-19 frontline heroes who have been risking their lives to help others. The competition’s winners receive a one-of-a-kind custom doll and outfit in their hero’s likeness and a $250 gift card.

Lacey lives in Texas, and she is always telling people about her Aunt April, who works for the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA).  Lacey in her nomination informed the Mattel company that even after contracting COVID-19 her aunt chose to return to work as an EMT because she wanted to help people.

American Girl first responder doll set. Source: Good News Network

Lacey wrote, “She didn’t hesitate for a moment.”

April received the news last month and was ecstatic.  She said, “Lacey was on the other side screaming that we had won! I was in shock.”

Remarking on her relationship with her niece Lacey, April stated, “It’ll be something that neither one of us will ever forget. It’s a bond that I’ll hold with her forever.”

In June, American Girl began selling first responder outfits for their dolls hoping to inspire appreciation for medical workers. Called the ‘Scrubs Outfit’, they include pink scrub pants, a matching fabric face mask, a colorful nurses top, and slip-on shoes.

Sources: Good News Network