Dolls by the dozen

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Dolls by the dozen - Dolls by the dozen Project to help young...
Dolls by the dozen Project to help young patients keeps growing ByMIMI EUBANK Staff Writer S andy Sapienza was frightened by the hundreds of dolls showing up at her doorstep everyday. , She only planned for 1,000 to,, arrive. But they kept coming, until they were stacked in nearly every room of her Crownsville home, 6,000 strong. "There was a point when I was like, 'Oh no, another box of dolls,'" Mrs. Sapienza said. She asked for it. And thanks to the success of the Doll Project, the plain, faceless, unclothed dolls have befriended young hospital patients across the nation, guiduig them through a speedy recovery. Mrs. Sapienza is co-owner of If fertilizer House Oklahoma City couldn't explosives But- the change The 27 -- their N Adventures in CroimsyiUe, which sets up workshops for sewing enthusiasts. She joined forces with a San Francisco-based doll conference last year, and challenged the doll- making community to make 1,000 dolls for children who will be admitted to Johns Hopkins University Children's Hospital in Baltimore; '·"·/-·· '·.-'"'·" : "The response was overwhelming," said Joy Goldb?rger, training coordinator , · ·"·'··- ; : By BOD Glioert-^Tne capital Sandy Sapienza had imkmtalns of doHs in every room of tw CrowiwvlBe home -- and her garage, and -before they were trfoi^ to ehMtenrK)^ for the Child Life Prog-am at the hospital, Hopkins Child Life,?rogram specialists use the dolb as learning tools for the children while they're in the hospital. ^wsiSBflSittse. the components of a potentially difficult health-care procedure," said Ms. Goldberger. Each child draws a faeeand gives a name to the doll. "(Then) the child takes the role of the nurse or doctor." The child may rehearse a blood test, or a surgical procedure with the doll. When the time comes for the r«prbcedure, the children "are less afraid and they cooperate more," Ms. Goldberger said. The 4ofls were intended to supply young Hopkins patients through next summer -- until the project exploded into something bigger "It took on a life of its own. It absolutely blossomed into something we weren't expecting," Mrs. Sapienza said, . (See DOLLS, Page A12) rne and antiquated General bill 1 For prohibits commonly or a The be A draft reviewed devices

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