Historical characters like Kirsten, Samantha, and Addy aren't the only dolls in American Girl's collection. The brand also makes dolls of contemporary figures, and its latest one-of-a-kind dolls are modeled after frontline heroes from 2020, CNN reports.
Earlier this year, American Girl asked kid fans to nominate people in their lives for its Heroes with Heart contest. The five winners are workers who have risked their lives and served their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their jobs include teacher, paramedic, nurse assistant, grocery store employee, and airplane pilot.
Heroes with Heart honoree Laurent is a Spirit Airlines pilot who volunteered to fly American doctors to Haiti to help them fight the virus. In her submission nominating him, Laurent's daughter wrote, "I am so proud of him for stepping forward to help!"
Sarah, another contest winner, served as caregiver and fed homeless people in her community during the pandemic. "I hope that when I grow up and become a surgeon, I will help people with the same love as she does," her granddaughter wrote to American Girl.
Each nominator received a custom-made American Girl doll designed to look like their hero and a $200 American Girl gift card. The Heroes with Heart dolls are one of kind, but anyone can purchase a limited-edition scrubs outfit for their American Girl doll to dress them up like a frontline hero. American Girl will donate a doll craft activity book to First Responders Children’s Foundation for every scrubs outfit sold.