Philadelphia, Pa. — London Jones, an 8-year-old girl from the Tri-State area, is doing her part and taking the time to give back this holiday season. The 3rd-grade student is volunteering her time this year to help daughters in need receive an unwrapped doll this Christmas by taking part in the “What About Our Daughters” initiative, “‘Dolls for Daughters’ Holiday Toy Drive.”
What About Our Daughters is a national initiative powered by SisterHood Inc., a 501c3 organization led by Rev.Dr.Hilda Covington.
The drive is a new spin-off of the annual SisterHood Inc. Holiday Toy Drive that has benefited thousands of needy children for over 20 years. The Sixers’ Hometown Hero has provided over 50,000 new toys to thousands of boys and girls in the Tri-State area.
Covington, an award-winning community advocate, and Philadelphia Girls High graduate founded SisterHood Inc. in 1996 after winning a battle against cancer and retiring from a career in journalism. Through SisterHood Inc., she plays a pivotal role in providing essential needs to women and girls that have been often overlooked in the community.
“As Sisters, we share our personal, emotional and economic experiences with the women of our communities,” Covington said, evoking the mission-based organization’s mantra. “We help them face the most adverse situations, and we supply them with valuable insight and a proactive approach to solving problems.
In the end, our hope is for each person to leave our women a little different a little more empowered, and with the realization that they can overcome adversity and achieve any goal they set for themselves.”
Committed to leaving behind a legacy of greatness, Jones — who is also Covington’s great-niece — is featured shopping in a local Target store, filling up her cart with dolls for the drive.
“Our annual Holiday Toy Drive allows us to spread holiday cheer each season, especially during these troublesome times for many families,” Tiffiany Vaughn Jones, organizer and campaign spokeswoman for the organization, said. “This has been a challenging year, particularly for women and the youngest among us, and if we can put a smile on even one daughter’s face and make their holiday special, we know we made a difference and eased the minds of struggling mothers who have been impacted by this pandemic. Lots of mothers and fathers have lost their jobs this year and can’t afford to make ends meet.
With nearly one in eight families not having enough to eat, it can be challenging to put gifts under the Christmas tree.”
“Doll’s For Daughters will be collecting dolls until December 20, 2020.
The unwrapped dolls are being distributed to over 500 underserved girls between the ages of 2-10 years of age, just in time for the holiday season.
The drive will benefit women and girls that currently reside in women’s shelters, transitional housing, and receive services from local food pantries and or community service programs. Charities that will receive the donations include SisterHood Inc., The House of Ruth, Unity in the Community, Women in Need, and The Covenant House.
Toys and gift items will consist of a variety of age-appropriate doll options and toys for boys including books, interactive games, puzzles, building sets, electronic games, crayons and coloring books, sports equipment, arts and crafts kits, journal sets, play food, and kitchen sets, dollhouse toys, science kits, train sets, bath products, action figures, toy trucks and cars, stuffed animals, and gift cards.
Interested corporations, non-profit organizations, or individuals who are interested in providing financial support, gift cards, and/or toy donations can contact Tiffiany Vaughn Jones at: [email protected]
For more information, visit the What About Our Daughters’ website at: www.whataboutyourdaughters.org.