This Company Gives Free ‘Hug-A-Hero’ Dolls to Kids With Deployed Parents

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It can be hard when anyone is apart from family members for a long time.

Especially for small children who have parents that have been deployed.

One company in North Carolina has created a product aimed at helping children with the separation from deployed parents.

It is just the cutest thing…

One that will bring us comfort and reassurance.

But for children whose parents have been deployed this can be a struggle.

Tricia Dyal started Daddy Dolls 15 years ago with a friend.

‘Hug-A-Hero’ dolls feature an image of the child’s hero on one side and fabric on the other.

The inspiration behind the dolls came from Tricia’s aunt.

A special idea that she decided to continue so that other children could also benefit from it.

“With both of our husbands being Marines and both having been deployed twice in less than two years, the absence of daddy was beginning to take its toll on our own children as well as those of dear friends.”

“After seeing the amazing response from our own children, we realized that there were many children out there, not just military, that could use a doll of that special someone that was far away. Our children not only play with their Daddy Dolls, but also rely on them for strength during trying times like doctor’s visits or when they need an “owie” kissed.”

Tricia started a giveaway on the Dyal Studios Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, where people could win a ‘Hug-A-Hero’ doll.

According to The News & ObserverDyal said that with the increased need among families in the area, her studio started a drawing to give away one doll a week to a local family for 12 weeks.

Luckily, to help with the vast amount of entries, they’ve had businesses and members within the communities stepping in to help with the weekly drawing.

One donation that they have received is from a real estate company that donated $5000 and also challenged other companies to join in with doing so.

For the customs dolls, it is estimated to take between 1-3 weeks to make, plus delivery time.

And if your worried about selecting the best picture, they offer some tips on the website which include:

Also to make sure all of their body is in the picture, make sure there aren’t any feet, hands or heads chopped off.

One buyer wrote, “I just wanted to thank you so much for coming up with this product. My husband and I purchased one when we found out we were expecting. Our daughter has had a close bond with him from the first time he talked to her in the womb. She was born Nov 7th.  Daddy is in Afghanistan, but this daddy doll has truly been one of the greatest blessings.”

“They say all it takes is putting it next to her in the bassinet and playing his message and she instantly calms and just stares at him. She fell asleep staring at the daddy doll. Again thank you so much for this idea or having the courage to run with the idea.”

“Thank you so much for making such a great item for kids who really don’t understand a parent being gone!”

An ideal gift for anyone who has family members who live a long-distance away.

Even if it is in the form of a soft toy.