“It gives the person living with the disease a piece of comfort and something to hold on to, whether it’s a good day or a bad day,” said co-founder Julie Gray.
MIDLAND, Texas — There really is no such thing as a mother’s love, and Julie Gray and Mary McCourt have seen it firsthand.
“Alzheimer’s disease takes away a lot of things, but it never takes away the memory of being a mom,” said co-founder Mary McCourt.
The two women are co-founders of the Alzheimer’s awareness project, Angie’s Babies. Since the start of 2018, they have received hundreds of baby dolls donated to patients battling the disease.
“We started our first year, we donated about 1,200 and now we have up to 5,500 dolls that we’ve donated,” McCourt and Gray said.
When each doll is given to patients, this motherly love is put into action. “When we place these dolls in their arms, the ladies respond to them because they never forget that feeling of loving their child,” Gray said.
Caregivers and family members of those affected can also see the big difference a tiny 20-inch doll can make. “Seeing Angie with her doll was just one of the sweetest moments, she was playing cake with the doll, she was feeding the doll,” McCourt said.
“For us and their family members, the staff members of the facility,” Gray said. “They just get to see these people come to life.”
That’s why Angie’s Babies is continuing the project and accepting more dolls.
“It gives the person living with the disease some comfort and something to hold on to, whether it’s a good day or a bad day,” Gray said. “It also gives families the certainty that their loved one has something to hold on to and that gives them comfort. So it also helps the whole family.”