A Temecula mom was the recipient of the 2009 Tillywig Sterling Fun award for the newest addition to her line of handcrafted dolls known as Friends Forever Girls.
"We're honoring Friends Forever Girls not only for the new Kristina Doll, but for creating a product line that fosters a sense of community, smart choices and self esteem among girls," said Dan Levy, who oversees the national Tillywig Toy Award program. "It's a powerful, positive and much-needed message they're conveying."
Kristi Necochea, founder of Friends Forever Girls, created the line of dolls as a way of filling what she saw as a void in the existing market of high-quality dolls.
"I wanted to create a sense of community ... a sense of belonging that's communicated through the dolls' characters and through the positive stories told in the Friends Forever Girls book that comes with each doll," Necochea said.
There are six ethnically diverse dolls, each with unique personality traits in the collection. The line includes Friends Forever Girls books, doll clothing and accessories.