Jo’el Worldwear is holding an event in Florida this September 26 to raise money for war veterans. Yes, you heard it right. We believe that there are many people affected by war and conflict, especially warriors themselves. We’ve been supporting civilian artisans and designers in war torn countries for many years now, but we’ve discovered that war veterans have their own wounds, both physical and emotional.
Jo’el Worldwear commissioned Designer Valerie Paul to create what she does best, and that is a designer Barbie, who’s actually fashioned in military attire and clearly wounded. Valerie volunteered the design since proceeds go to a Florida veterans’ organization trying to help retiring warriors, wounded or not, to find employment and to get very needed counseling for their emotional wounds.
Valerie has been designing these unique Barbie’s for several charitable causes, and specifically for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization which gives back many good fortunes in business and challenges several people per year to shave their heads for donations to raise funds for kids with cancer. Valerie herself, regularly shaves her own head and visits with young girls who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments. The girls always have something special in store when Valerie shows up bald like them, and with a special Barbie doll designed just for that young girl. And Barbie is always bald as well – so that nobody feels a bit awkward or out of place.
The same night that the American Cancer Society will receive a beautiful bald Barbie glistening in a gold gown, Jo’el Worldwear and Counseling to Careers for Veterans will receive our special wounded warrior Barbie to honor all service members, male and female, who have given much on behalf of their country, some with their limbs and some with their lives. For tickets, go to http://www.counselingtocareers.org