Military Family, Hug a Hero, Army, Family, Deployment

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Kids With Deployed Parents Can Get A Free 'Hug A Hero' Doll From This Company #GoodVibes

With Jason Pullman

January 21, 2020

15 years ago Tricia Dyal, along with one of her friends, started the company Daddy Dolls, which sells 'hug a hero' dolls for kids whose parents are actively deployed. 

She started making the dolls after her great aunt made a similar doll that helped comfort her young daughter while Dyal’s husband was an active Marine.

Each doll has a photo of the child's deployed mom or dad printed on it. 

Hug a Hero doll, military family, deployed

Dyal's photography and design studio started a “hug-a-hero” doll giveaway a couple of weeks ago after many North Carolina troops were deployed. Due to 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.

Dyal never expected that over 500 requests would come in for the giveaway! Her studio is currently trying to figure out how to get all the dolls to families who need them because she realized drawing one name out of a bowl once a week is not going to be enough. 

She might try to team up with the USO or Red Cross to help distribute the dolls because her company cannot keep up with the supply and demand. 

The goal was to originally help families in North Carolina, but now the need goes way beyond that! #GoodVibes