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July 7, 2014

Book signing at Tifton Harley Davidson to help military children

TIFTON — In the last year the Dabby Project has gained significant momentum through Facebook. The series will be featured in a major magazine, and the project has gone international reaching U.K. families, and has been featured on the blog Armyandyou.co.uk.

Owens has collaborated tirelessly with Herb in order to ease the hardships deployments may have on young children.  The ultimate mission of the Dabby Project series is "to encourage and teach children of military service families that by sharing their experiences and feelings with others they can change their lives and the world," said Owens.

The Dabby Project started as a small idea to help military children cope with a deployed parent being away and service-related charities. Owens created Dabby the doll by hand. Dabby goes on adventures with the child she is with. While away, the child who receives Dabby will bring Dabby with them while doing fun things they enjoy. Along with Dabby, other dolls include Bubby, Maxie and Patriot.

Owens created the project in December of 2012 along with the help of Sergeant Ryan Wallace of the United States Marine Corps. After some small success through Facebook, she continued to expand the project. Developed into a book series, The Dabby Project has received 12 five-star reviews. Since its inception, the project has expanded not only in the US, but the UK and with prospects in Australia.

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