Military spouse creates deployment dolls for families

Published: Jul. 17, 2019 at 7:56 AM EDT
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One military wife started a business 15 years ago to help her young daughters remember their dad during deployment.

Now 15 years later, the business "Daddy Dolls" is behind hundreds of thousands of dolls all around the world.

Besides bringing comfort to children who miss birthdays and holidays with their mom or dad, Daddy Doll creator Tricia Dyal says the dolls bring comfort to the person away.

"The biggest fear wasn't that he was going to get hurt while he was over there, it was that his kids weren't going to know who he was when he got back," Dyal said. "I think the reality of that is pretty big and to have the doll and to have that part of our every day, it meant alot to our family."

The dolls are manufactured in Michigan and sold online.

They are now making first responder and pet dolls too.