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Former Andover resident Lara Thompson and a mothers' group she belongs to has donated "three beautiful fully furnished wooden dollhouses" to the Professional Center for Child Development this month, according to the Osgood Street facility.

Thompson, her two young children, Silvia and Elizabeth, and her mother, Rosemarie Cogliano of Andover, have set up and delivered the three dollhouses, which are being enjoyed by the young children who use the center. Thompson is a former social worker at the PCCD.

"Lara was asked by her husband what she wanted for Christmas. She said she wanted to do something for the children at the PCCD," according to Ellen Waddill, PCCD's parent and community liaison. "Lara wanted to contribute the dollhouses to the center in the hope that the creative expression and the joy of independent play would stay with the children for a lifetime."

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