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15 Dec 2022

Continuing a 27-year family tradition of kindness, a ten-year-old hopes to pass along a gift for life

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December 15, 2022 Category: Local Posted by:

PHILADELPHIA — Ten-year-old London Jones returns this holiday season to continue a 27-year family tradition of kindness through the annual “Dolls for Daughters” holiday toy drive.

Having previously donated over 1,000 dolls, the elementary student will once again collect brand new dolls for homeless girls ages 2-10 years old.

In its third year, the national doll drive organized by the girl group “Whataboutourdaughters?” aims to provide dolls to young girls who will have difficulty receiving gifts this Christmas.

Dolls are being donated to women’s and children’s shelters hoping that the children can use the dolls as friends, playmates, adventure companions, and caretakers when life seems challenging or scary. With each doll donation, Whataboutourdaughters? hopes to not only bring smiles to girls in need but also impart lifelong qualities of empathy and compassion. 

These are just a few of the hundreds of dolls collected so far this year.

The Dolls for Daughters initiative runs parallel to SisterHood Inc.’s annual toy drive hosted by London’s great-great aunt, Rev. Dr. Hilda Covington. The Philadelphia 76ers hometown hero and Girls High graduate has been giving back to the community since 1996 through her non-profit SisterHood Inc. and has provided over 50,000 toys to needy children.

Daytime talk show host Tamron Hall showcased London’s volunteerism in 2020, along with major networks ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox News. 

“In London, there has been a gift of giving and a compassionate heart handed down through three generations,” said Tiffiany Vaughn Jones, the campaign’s spokeswoman and organizer. “It’s been Rev. Dr. Hilda Covingtons life’s work and enduring legacy to positively impact the lives of women and girls in the community. It is an honor to continue her tradition, and raise up the next generation of community leaders.”

London Jones poses with one of the dolls she helped collect for the drive. (Photos/ WhatAboutDaughters? organization)

“Dolls For Daughters” will collect dolls from now until Dec. 21, and will hold “doll drops” in the Delaware Valley, New York, Washington D.C, and surrounding cities.

Charities that will receive the donations include SisterHood Inc., various Covenant House locations, Delaware Hope Center, The House of Ruth, Unity in the Community, Women in Need NYC, and more.

For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit WhatAboutOurDaughters? website at: www.whataboutyourdaughters.org or call (856) 495-3001.

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