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Walker County woman sends more than 500 handmade dolls to African children

In 2016, Kim Clark Started Fishes and Loaves Barrel Ministry after she saw a heartbreaking photo on Facebook posted by the missionary in Africa her church supports. Now she sends dolls and other goods to the Philippines, Nicaragua and Kentucky. (Image: WTVC)

A woman in Walker County, Georgia is spearheading an effort to make sure every child in Zambia, Africa has a doll to play with.

Her vision started two years ago, and now she and her group of volunteers have donated more than 500 handmade dolls to several countries across the globe.

In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises her in the middle of toy making.

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In 2016, Kim Clark Started Fishes and Loaves Barrel Ministry after she saw a heartbreaking photo on Facebook posted by the missionary in Africa her church supports.

Now she sends dolls and other goods to the Philippines, Nicaragua and Kentucky.

It all started with an image of a little girl named Rachel in Zambia, Africa.

She's holding an empty beer bottle found in the garbage and made to look like a baby doll.

Jamie Ownby says it sparked a ministry that's now spreading across the globe.

"He has made a way for this mission, and what she's started and its just been unbelievable," said Jamie.

Two years later you can hear the sewing machines whirring in a back room at Naomi Baptist Church in Lafayette.

Dozens of women from all generations are creating hundreds of dolls made by hand.

Our camera capturing their creativity right before Jamie surprised the group's founder, Kim Clark.

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"On behalf of Newshcannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, they want to Pay It Forward to you, and all the work you've done for your Fishes and Loaves Ministry, so hold out your hand 1, 2, 3, 4, $500," surprised Jamie.

After the surprise, the assembly line continued.

Doll's heads were traced, the material cut carefully and colorful fabric sewn together.

The dolls are stuffed with cotton, and the hair made of yarn is sewn with care.

Kim even got the expert toy maker of them all to help her ministry. Santa's nimble fingers quickly piecing the material together.

The dolls will soon be sent to Africa in this gigantic yellow barrel, along with cake mixes and new soccer balls.

"I hope that the child that receives this knows that it is loved," said Kim.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 cash for helping others? Nominate them here.

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