Legislators Care for Dolls and Children
The doll ladies are just one group that participates in Child Advocacy Day. But instead of lobbying through traditional means, they aim to connect the legislators directly to the children. Close to 200 dolls were be given away to legislators this year.
"They're supposed to take those to a child concern center or abuse center, so they can know the problems children have, and we want them to see first hand," Schalk said.
And the doll ladies playful approach stands out to at least one legislator.
"If you look across my desk you'll see packet after packet of pieces of paper that well meaning people advocating for a program have handed to me. But you only see one doll," said Rep. Jake Zimmerman, Delmar.
The doll ladies work for a group called Missouri Association for Family & Community Education. They were just one of 29 groups at the capitol who participated in workshops, exhibits, and a speech from Gov. Matt Blunt Tuesday.