Army wife Amanda Tomasura is a busy body to say the least. She stays home with three children, ages five, three and 16 months, all the while running a boutique from home and also going to school full time as a pre-nursing student. Though the schedule is packed, her husband Timothy, a Sergeant with the 67th Military Police Company also has a looming deployment. As if all of this was not enough, Amanda is currently raising money with a group she recently joined, The Modified Dolls (TMD) back in November of 2012. But mind you, this is not your ordinary bake sale or auction.
The Modified Dolls are a group of women that span the globe - from members here at JBLM to women not only in almost all 50 States but also in various international cities like Berlin, Germany and Manchester, England. Their mission statement includes the phrase, "We are the Different Making a Difference!" - But what exactly do they mean by calling themselves ‘the Different'? Glancing at the women, what sets them apart from the rest of society becomes strikingly evident. Ink seems to jump off of their skin through numerous tattoos, and body modifications such as piercings are common. TMD Founder Holly Roettger says, "This group was started with me and a few friends. I NEVER thought it would grow so fast in just over a year." Though touting themselves as heavily modified, the group also does a fundraiser every month for a different charity. For the month of February, ladies of the Washington State chapter will be supporting the Special Olympics by taking a "Polar Plunge" into frigid waters across the state. Tomasura will be traveling to her Plunge in Seattle on February 9th, and diving headfirst into South Lake Union, were the air temperatures for last year's plunge were in the low 40s.
So what exactly led Tomasura down this path with The Modified Dolls? The answer starts a few years ago when her daughter Mackenzie was born with bilateral clubbed feet. Fundraising for the March of Babies, she raised $1100 to the organization that helped her family through the countless casts, surgeries, and braces. Fast forward to September of 2012, and she meets TMD members at a zombie festival in Tacoma. "I was drawn to them because I have done charity work in the past but these girls seemed very down to earth and friendly," adding, "they [fundraise] while trying to rid the stereotype that gets attached to women who are heavily modified." Since becoming a doll, Tomasura has been a part of numerous fundraisers; online auctions, and events at Twisties Frozen Yogurt and Rock the Dock Pub & Grill. Her passion to help TMD and the charities doesn't stop there, as she is hosting events out of her home with Partylite, a home accent company specializing in the sales of candles and accessories. She also is quick to mention an added bonus, "Sometimes it can be hard as a military wife to make friends while you move around so often due to your spouse's duty. Being that TMD has chapters all over, you are instantly welcomed into their family and it makes being in a new state or area that much easier."
As for what the Dolls are doing on a nationwide basis, Roettger says that, "The good we do, the thank you's we get and the minds we are changing about modified women make all the work well worth it!" For those wanting more information on how to help TMD raise funds, visit their Washington State Facebook page, at http://www.facebook.com/wamodifieddolls. If you are interested in becoming a Modified Doll, are female and over the age of 18, visit http://www.facebook.com/themodifieddollsorg and click on "Apply Here" and fill out the application. There will be a brief probationary period before you hear back from TMD. As for Tomasura's March of Dimes site, visit www.marchofdimes.org/atomasura.