Meet the new American Girl of the Year: Rebecca A. Ramnarine

Most books in the American Girl series begin with a fun, inquisitive, adorable, nine year old girl that teaches you a bit about American history through the story of her life. However for nine year old American Girl, Rebecca Ramnarine, the lesson we learn is one of love through the legacy she leaves behind.

Friends and family describe her as a child that’s beautiful, smart, witty, funny and loved unconditionally. Her mother, Abiola Ramnarine recollects not only the love she received but the love she gave in return. “She was a giver”, Ramnarine states “she gave with all her heart and she loved everyone. Once she loved you, you knew [because]  whatever she had was yours.” This act of love included sharing a variety of snacks that were often packed into two lunch pails, one for Rebecca and another for any of Rebecca’s friends in need.

She is remembered as a compassionate and kind child who did not require more than what her parents could provide. Grateful for such  incredible children, her parents often tried to reward Rebecca and her sister with meaningful gifts for their birthdays. This October, Rebecca wished for nothing more than an American Girl themed birthday party. “Rebecca wanted an American Girl doll for the longest” her mother shared. As most girls her age, Rebecca truly loved the brand and after realizing she could not have a party at the American Girl store in New York, settled to make American Girl her official birthday theme. Sadly, Rebecca would not be able to see her dream come true as her life was taken in a tragic accident in early May.

However Rebecca’s legacy will live on through the Rebecca Alexandria Ramnarine Fund for Girls. The official fundraiser page states that it has been established to give less fortunate girls the opportunity to have their very own American Girl Doll. Rebecca’s mother, Abiola Ramnarine explains “It’s not just for little girls who are underprivileged, it’s for parents who are giving 110% and still can't give their child something that they really want.” So far the fund has raised over $1,000 and continues to tread toward its October goal. When asked if she had any final words to share in remembrance of her daughter, Ramnarine states “I just want everyone to take a page out of her book and think about someone other than yourself...and love just love.” 

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**The family graciously request that you keep them in your prayers.

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