CLEVELAND - Since their introduction in 1983, more than 128 million Cabbage Patch Kids have been adopted into homes worldwide. <br />
But the origin of their family tree goes back to 1978, when artist and entrepreneur Xavier Roberts first opened the doors of BabyLand General Hospital in the small mountain community of Cleveland.<br />
For more than 36 years Xavier's company, Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc., has continuously created hand stitched, one of a kind works of soft sculpture art and made them available to the public. In the beginning these unique "born in the USA" works of art were called the Little People and Roberts shared his legend of "finding them in a Cabbage Patch."<br />
In 1983 the company signed a license agreement that would allow replication of these individual works of art in a smaller form with vinyl heads and soft bodies. They would become available not just in Cleveland but around the world. At that time their name was changed from the Little People to the Cabbage Patch Kids, with millions adopted each year.<br />
This year, they will again be referred to as "Little People" to set them apart from all other Cabbage Patch Kids. Although Cabbage Patch Kids can be found in many places around the world, these made in the USA original Little People can only be adopted in Cleveland at BabyLand General Hospital or online at www.cabbagepatchkids.com. Because they are individually crafted by hand, no two Little People are ever "born" exactly alike.
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