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Lacey, WA – a doll that changed many lives

Last Christmas (2007), I was at Target getting a few last minute gifts. I had found a Indian looking Bratz doll on clearance and thought my daughter might like it. I didn’t have much money, but decided to splurge a little on the extra.

When I got up to the checkout counter there was a woman with a girl of about 10 years old in front of me. I had placed my items at the checkout, and while waiting that young girl kept looking at the doll and smiling, but she didn’t speak to me. When they were through, the girl went over to the cafe a minute while the woman cleared out.

As the doll was scanned, on impulse I asked the woman if I could give it to her daughter. She looked at me and asked if I was serious. I said, yes. She was quiet for a moment, and then told that the young girl was a foster child. Just that week she and her sister had been rescued from a hotel room where they were living homeless, and she had taken the girl in. They were getting some necessary things for her that day.

She wanted me to meet the girl. Names were not exchanged, but I gave her a hug and wished her a happy holiday, and she was happy to have the doll. It was an overwhelming experience and even now I get goosebumps remembering it.

It has been a reminder to me that you never know what a small act of kindness means to another.

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