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    This Grandma's Reaction To A Doll Says A Lot About The Effects Of Poverty On Children

    "My grandmother could never have a doll, just like many other women her age, because of the poverty in Spain at that time."

    This is Miriam Zakharova, a 20-year old college student and owner of the fashion and lifestyle blog Chère Mimi.

    Recently, Zakharova took to Twitter to share her grandmother's emotional reaction when she received the doll she was never able to have as a child as a Christmas present.

    Mi abuela nunca pudo tener un muñeca de pequeña por eso le regalamos una por reyes este año, esta es la reacción:

    😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

    The video has since been retweeted over 12,000 times and has received over 24,000 likes. Zakharova told BuzzFeed that she was "amazed" by the positive reaction the video has received. "I knew it was an emotional video that people would like, but I never thought it'd get so much love from so many different parts of the world."

    "My grandmother could never have a doll, just like many other women her age, because of the poverty in Spain at the time when they were children, that is after the Civil War. Wars, as we know, have very unfavorable effects on countries, and at that time eating, having a place to sleep at night, being able to wash oneself, etc. were all more important than having a doll. Many children who lived through those years had their childhoods taken away from them," she told BuzzFeed.

    Zakharova says they decided to give her this present because they thought it would be a simple gesture that she would like: "We had no idea that she would be so excited about it. Obviously, we knew it was a special present, but we didn't know what her reaction would be. In the end, it was incredibly emotional."

    "The truth is that for me it was just one little gesture, but looking at the reactions it got on the Internet, I think we need to start spreading more love around the world," says Zakharova.

    This post was translated from Spanish.

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