Some SAGE clients got a special gift recently: a handmade Bumbles Doll. Bumbles were created in 2014 by Max Loeffler of Summit when he was 17-years-old. The dolls were inspired by Max's sister who was hospitalized for an extended period of time. According to Max, his sister had a favorite doll she carried everywhere - at home and the hospital. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, she loved it so much, she hugged his eyes ears and nose away. Bumbles don't have those features either.
The introduction to SAGE came from Loeffler’s grandfather, who is a SAGE Meals on Wheels client. “SAGE has had such a big impact on the community,” Loeffler said. “It felt good to give back, especially during COVID-19.” Dozens of dolls were given out to Meals on Wheels and Spend-A-Day participants. They were a special and much appreciated gift, especially to those living alone.
Since it began, Bumbles has collaborated with well known brands, such as Prada, and delivered to many nonprofits including: NJ Institute of Disabilities, Ronald McDonald House, Fort Bragg (special camouflage fabric had been donated), Overlook Foundation and Bonds of Courage. Close to 2000 dolls have been donated in the last six years. Loeffler said he is so busy, Bumbles is his full time job. His mother, siblings, and various volunteers, have helped over the years to scout fabric, sew dolls and make deliveries.
“We are so grateful that Max chose SAGE as a nonprofit to donate to,” said SAGE Interim Director, Marianne Kranz. “The look on the faces of our clients when the Bumbles were delivered was priceless. We thank Max and his family for their support and commitment to helping others.”
To learn more about Bumbles Dolls visit: Bumblesdolls.com