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Daddy Dolls Keep Kids Company When Parents Are Deployed

My kids miss their dad when he's at work so I cannot imagine how they would feel if his job took him oversees let alone into dangerous territory. Like our girl Citizen reported this morning, about 1.2 million children belong to families with an active duty parent and 40 percent of those kids are under the age of 5. So one company — Daddy Dolls, Inc., allows kids to hug their hero while he or she is away.

Made in the parent's likeness, the hug-a-hero dolls come in two sizes — 17 inch ($28) and 12 inch ($22). Created by a military wife and mother, the concept allows families to turn a full length picture of their loved one, a voice recording, and personalized message into a pillow-like doll. Made of durable microfiber material, the daddy doll is also machine washable. While it doesn't take the place of the deployed parent, it comforts the child until they come home.

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amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I think this is an awesome idea.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I love these dolls. I think it's a fantastic idea. Those pictures are so sweet and so heartwrenching at the same time.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
give them thier parents back? who took them? I think its a good idea for toddlers.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Thanks for the info, Lilsugar! This will definately be a cause I support!
peepshow peepshow 9 years
I think these are a great idea! I might even look into getting one when the times comes!
Mishell Mishell 9 years
I think that's awful! Give the kids their parents back! A stuffed photograph is not a dad.
Moms Moms 9 years
Yes, MartiniLush, it's called Operation hug-a-hero. Here's the link —
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
This is so great! Thanks for sharing all these darling photos! Is there a place to donate to this cause, in case a military family can't afford to get a doll made?
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Hey, they have Elmo and Curious George, why not Daddy?
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