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Black doll giveaway helps brighten the self-esteem of some children in the Capital Region

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A sorority and church in Albany have been holding a holiday toy giveaway for four years, designed to bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of children from the Capital Region. However, they also hope that their efforts will bolster Black children’s self-esteem.

Archiah Phillips, of the Omicron Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, says the emotions she feels when she sees the faces of the kids at these toy giveaways are incredible.

For the fourth year in a row, the student union and the Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church hosted a holiday toy giveaway. They collect all kinds of toys, but one of the popular toys requested by parents is black dolls.

The sorority and the many volunteers tripled the number of black dolls they gave away this year – more than 300 dolls were given out. The goal is to increase self-esteem in black and brown children.
Phillips hopes next year’s Black Doll toy giveaway is bigger and better — hoping even more kids in need can see their beauty and strength in their toys.

Hear her advice for young girls who dream of what they want to be when they watch the video of Faith King’s story.