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A few years ago, Brenda Katz create a life-sized doll for her son to help him cope with bullying. Now, the seasoned toy-maker’s dolls are bringing joy to tiny patients in hospitals across Canada.

Katz recently delivered her “Huggles” dolls to the Montreal Shriners Hospital and gave them away to children who were about to undergo, or had recently undergone surgery, according to CTV News. She’s on a cross-country tour to surprise children in hospitals with 1,000 Huggles.

“You see the children immediately respond. You see their problems wash away and they’re left to focus on this doll that’s the same size as them,” Katz said to CTV News. “And it really makes a difference. I love doing it.”

The parents and staff also notice the difference and are more than happy to know that their sick children have a buddy with them at all times.

“It’s sad to say doctor’s appointments are norm for her,” said Rebecca Linton, whose four-year-old daughter is always in-and-out of hospitals. “So this makes it special. It’s a little bit of attention, it’s playtime.”

Want more? Watch the video above to see the little kids’ eyes light up as they clutch on to their dolls and to learn more about this great initiative.