Amy O’Sullivan, RN and Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz with their Barbies | Source: Mattel/ the Toy Book

Mattel is growing its #ThankYouHeroes initiative with a large donation in partnership with Target. For every Barbie doctor, nurse, and paramedic doll sold at Target, it will donate $5 to the First Responders Children’s Foundation (FCRF), a charity that helps families of those who have died on the frontlines. In addition, a new line of dolls will celebrate the heroes of the pandemic.

“Barbie recognizes that all frontline workers have made tremendous sacrifices when
Confronting the pandemic and the challenges it heightened,” said Lisa McKnight, the senior vice president and global head of Barbie & Dolls at Mattel. “To shine a light on their efforts, we are sharing their stories and leveraging Barbie’s platform to inspire the next generation to take after these heroes and give back. Our hope is to nurture and ignite the imaginations of kids playing out their own storyline as heroes.”

The new one-of-a-kind role model Barbies | Source: Mattel

Six new dolls are inspired by real-life heroes. Amy O’Sullivan, RN treated the first COVID-19 patient in Brooklyn, became ill herself, and recovered to return a few weeks later and save even more lives. Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz joined forces with other Asian-American physicians to combat racial bias and discrimination. Dr. Chicka Stacy Oriuwa has advocated against systemic racism in healthcare, which has been further highlighted by the pandemic. Dr. Jaqueline Goes de Jesus is a biomedical researcher credited with leading the sequencing of the genome of a COVID-19 variant in Brazil. Dr. Kirby White co-founded the Gowns for Doctors initiative, which kept frontline workers in Victoria, Australia safe with laundered PPE. Professor Sarah Gilbert led the development of the University of Oxford vaccine in the UK.

The Fast Cast Clinic | Source: Mattel

Today, Barbie also announced the introduction of the Fast Cast Clinic, which includes a Doctor doll, a medical station, an exam table, an x-ray machine, and a gift shop. Kids can use the included dough to create and shape casts, create wraps with the bandage maker, and play out roles across the medical field.

#ThankYouHeroes was founded last year as a part of Mattel’s larger Play It Forward platform to honor those who have fought against COVID-19 and the everyday heroes who have kept communities running. Up to $50,000 will be donated between now and Aug. 28.

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Nicole Savas

Nicole Savas

As a kid, Nicole either wanted to be a professional toy player-wither or a writer. Somehow, as social media editor for The Toy Insider, The Toy Book, and The Pop Insider, she’s found a career as both. She's grateful to work somewhere that she can fully embrace both her love of teddy bears and her admiration for the Oxford comma. When she's not playing with toys at work, she's playing with her baby girl at home.