Giving Comfort

giving dollsThe small furry stuffed dog lay on the pillow in my mom’s hospital bed. She is recuperating from a heart attack. The toy animal reminds my mom of my sister’s dog. The real puppy, Bentley gives my mom kisses and is always excited to see her. Little things like this give comfort.

Last week at the send off for the 1192nd National Guard unit, families of soldiers with children were given dolls. The dolls are given free of charge to children facing special circumstances where a doll to hug will bring comfort.

The Giving Doll was created by Jan Householder . As of January 2009, over 3,000 dolls have been constructed and distributed to children including those facing hospital stays, living in homeless shelters, or standing in line at area food banks. This is a community volunteer program.When other needs become apparent, the program expands to include ¬†those children. To volunteer or donate supplies check out Jan’s website. Give a little comfort.

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