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Radio sation buys Barbie doll and then returns it to donor

The Assistance League of Salt Lake City received $4,559 from KISN Radio "Cares for Kids" listeners, and the owner of a Barbie doll donated for the league's silent auction got her doll back Monday.

Late last month a Barbie doll was stolen from a display at the league's thrift shop on 3300 South. Sarah Morley, 19, a University of Utah student, learned from the news media about the theft and decided to replace the stolen doll with an identical doll from her own Barbie doll collection.The league, a nonprofit service organization, uses money raised in the silent auction and the sale of other items to buy clothing for needy children who attend schools in the Salt Lake Valley.

Morley's "Gold Sensation" Barbie doll brought in $4,559, which was presented at the radio station Monday morning by Fisher, Todd & Erin to Assistance League President Marilyn Whitehead and other league members.

Erin Fraser said the station happily gave the doll back to Morley, a biology major at the U.

The Deseret News published stories about the theft and Morley's contribution.

The local news media "focus on what's good in the community turned a loss into a win for everyone!" said Ramona Woodhead, public relations chairwoman for the league.

Woodhead said the league's silent auction raised an additional $2,000 for its seven other philanthropic projects.