Babette Canacari, also known as “Babs,” met Jessica just after losing her own daughter. The two connected immediately, and Babs was instantly drawn to Jessica’s work and mission statement. Ever since, she has invested volunteer time with Dolls for Daughters® and completely supported the community, as well as founding her own organization: BRI. BRI stands for “Breathing Reassurance Into Teens” and focuses on providing hope to kids in any difficult situation. Babs has done some incredible work for children in both Dolls for Daughters® and BRI.
1. How did you first learn about Dolls for Daughters®?
I was introduced to Dolls for Daughters® just shortly after my daughter died. At the time, I was starting my own foundation and was introduced to Jessica. I knew instantly that she was an amazing woman and I wanted to follow her.
2. Some people are drawn to Dolls for Daughers because of their own personal experience, or the experience of someone close to them, similar to Jessica’s. Why did you decide to volunteer for Dolls for Daughters®?
I love helping others, and this is an exceptional cause. I fully support Jessica 100%.
3. What has touched you most about the work Dolls for Daughters® is doing?
It is absolutely priceless to see the childrens’ and families’ faces when Dolls for Daughters® makes an impact in their lives. To know that you are a part of giving these kids a special Christmas is amazing.
4. How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters®? What is/are the biggest reasons for staying involved?
I think I have been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters® for just under a year. I stick with the organization because of Jessica and her mission. Jessica’s passion for others inspires me to help keep her daughter’s legacy alive.
5. What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters®?
My most memorable moment is definitely when I helped at the Christmas Toy Drive. I couldn’t believe the length of time that people stayed in line, especially since it was bitter cold last year. I got to work the front door, and it was amazing to hear some of the stories these people had.
6. Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family? What was their reaction?
Yes, I try to promote Dolls for Daughters® as much as possible. They absolutely love the concept of the organization.
7. Have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters® volunteers because of it?
While I have not had any of my family or friends become volunteers, I have had some donate toys!
8. With so many organizations in need of volunteers for so many different purposes, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering? In particular, how should they choose the organization and how should they decide in what areas of the organization and how much they will help?
For me, it always has to do with children, only because of my own personal loss. My experience mirrors what I do for my foundation. I would suggest to people that if it hits your heart, then do it.