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01/24/05

Doll House Designed for Wheelchair-Bound Child

Update: After our story aired, Bob Focht had several responses from eligible viewers and no longer needs to find a home for the doll house. We'll let you know what happens next.

Christmas may have come and gone, but Bob Focht still has one gift to deliver. A doll house, high off the ground and accessible for a wheelchair.

"I wanted to make it for a special little girl who can't get out and play with other kids," he said. "If they're house bound, they could have fun with this."

Seventy-five pieces of handmade furniture fill the house.

"I might even make some little coat hangars to go in there," said Focht. "It makes it more interesting. More fun to play when you can move things around."

All the details to amazing scale. Each reflects the hours Focht spent in hopes of brightening someone's day. He could easily sell the house if he could determine a price, but he actually wants to give the house away.

"I don't make toys to make money," he said. "I'm having too much fun doing what I'm doing."

A woodworking hobbyist from dawn to dusk, he spends most of his free time making and giving away toys. He refuses to sell them, preferring to give them to charity. He built this house in hopes he could a find a little girl to use it.

But so far, this home hasn't found a home. "Next year, I was going to make a dozen of them instead of helping one child, I'd help a dozen," Focht said. "I can't even find one so I don't know if it's worth the trouble."

He says if he can find one wheelchair-bound girl who can use the house, he'll smile as wide as she will.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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