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Bogota 'doll hospital' releases dolls just in time for Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 01:37

A Colombian woman spreads a little Christmas cheer by repairing damaged dolls and reviving childhood memories for her cherished customers. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Every year -- a Colombian woman spreads a little Christmas cheer by giving people back a memory -- restoring dolls. It was 40 years ago that Dilia Casas -- against the will of her husband and encouraged by her younger brother -- decided to found the National Puppet Clinic. She cleans and cares for the dolls-- updating their outfits or restoring them to what they once were...and Christmas is often the busiest time of year. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DILIA CASAS, WHO REPAIRS DOLLS, SAYING: "People send them to be repaired because they have a special significance. It might be that their Dad gave it to them and is no longer here. These are the greatest memories you can have with a doll, for children and also for adults." Graciela Serrato, who brought in a Santa to be repaired says she is very attached to it and hopes that some day her children will remember her by it. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DOLL OWNER, GRACIELA SERRATO, SAYING: "My Santa doll is very special thing for me. So for me, it's a great joy to have the doll repaired so it continues to function for me and even when my children have to say good-bye to me -- for them to treasure that memory." Preserving a lifetime of Christmas memories one stitch a time repairing damaged dolls, helping to revive childhood memories for her cherished customers.

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Bogota 'doll hospital' releases dolls just in time for Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 01:37