Members of the local Kiwanis family came together on Saturday to build hope for children.
Students from Circle K at the School of Mines and Technology, the West School Builders Club, as well as members of the military from Ellsworth Air Force Base, joined the Kiwanis family to help make trauma dolls for worldwide Kiwanis One Day.
The white, cotton dolls are given to children to help relieve stress after a child experiences a traumatic situation. They are given colored pens to make the doll look like them or whatever they want. Also, if there is a physical trauma, they can use the doll to tell someone where it hurts, rather than pointing on their own body.
Project co–coordinator Karen Pearson said dolls like these give children a sense of reassurance.
"You see their eyes light up and they hold them tight because they're so soft. They seem to hold on to them from that point forward, so you can tell very clearly that it is a sense of comfort," Pearson said.
The volunteers hope to make 300 to 350 dolls to distribute to children in need in the area.