(WCMH) An Ohio toy drive is seeking dolls and other products specifically for African-American girls.
Franklin County Children Services said many of the kids they serve rarely get gifts that look like them. Organizers of their “Black Girl Magic” toy drive are asking for culturally specific toys and books that black girls can connect and relate with.
Frieda McKarn, 67, still remembers the gift she got when she was just eight years old.
“I can remember the first black doll I got. And, it was important because it let me know there was someone out there like me,” said McKarn.
McKarn is known as the head elf in a Santa workshop of sorts where Franklin County Children Services will give out gifts to 6,000 kids this Christmas. She said toys and gifts tailored for black girls are rarely seen on the shelves.
“What gets me choked up is that I see or children struggling to identify and thinking that they’re not worthy and they are,” said McKarn.