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'Giving Dolls' sent to comfort Newtown children

12:11 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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WADSWORTH, Ohio -- The nation wants to reach out and comfort Newtown Connecticut and some of that comfort is coming from right here in Northeast Ohio.

"These kids are going through things that really shouldn't be in there young tender lives but they are," says Jan Householder, founder and executive director of The Giving Doll.

Householder is making a difference by weaving threads and cloths together to mend broken hearts -- dolls designed to comfort children in hard times.

Householder recieved an email from Connecticut with a special request -- "Help mend Newtown."

The request came after reading a blog about a child named Ty Louis Campbell, who died of brain cancer in New York.

The Giving Dolls sent the Campbells a doll of their own.

"I was so impressed by the impact of the doll and their grieving process. I would like to see if there is a way to get these dolls to the children at Newtown affected by today's tragedy," said the emailer.

In Wadsworth, Householder and her group of volunteers cancelled their holiday party to make the dolls.

"The doors have been opened and we are able to reach these children. Who would have thought that we would have a personal connection here in Wadsworth?" Householder added.

The personal connection is a preschool teacher who went to Sandy Hook Elementary and graduated from Newtown Public Schools.

In a room full of volunteers and one day of hard work and heart, over 60 dolls were made on Tuesday.

"I don't think we realize the impact these dolls will have but we give them with love and we just want these kids to feel love and feel some comfort," she said.

It's an Ohio comfort that will be delieverd by FedEx Custom Critical in Newtown by the end of the week.


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