8-year-old Chicago Girl Hosts Toy Drive, Collects 1,000 Barbies for Girls In Need

The holidays are here and while many of us are consumed with spending rather than cheer and goodwill, children have managed to remind us of what these days are about, giving back.

Rolling Out – 8-year-old Josilyn Martin-Richardson, along with the assistance of her parents and their many friends, hosted a toy drive where the goal was to collect 1,000 Barbie dolls to donate to young girls for the holidays.

Josilyn’s mom mentioned that her daughter was inspired to start this drive because of a trip she made with her grandmother to the park. Josilyn was playing with a young girl who did not have a Barbie doll. Josilyn believes that every little girl should have one and she asked her mom if she could do a brunch to collect the dolls for little girls in need.

The drive was held at the Velvet Lounge in Chicago with the full support of her parents, Kellie Martin and Jonathan Richardson. The manager of the Velvet Lounge, Miko Monroe, also assisted with the brunch.

It was a beautiful sight to see so many other children get involved because of Josilyn’s vision. To date, Josilyn has collected nearly 300 Barbies and over $600 in donations. The goal is to reach the 1,000 mark. All the Barbies will be donated to a collection of organizations, including: LaRabida Children’s Hospital, Lowden Homes, Trumbull Park of CHA, Ada S, McKinley Youth Services and children in Englewood via University Church in Chicago.

If you would like to donate, please contact Kelli Martin at kelliec.martin@gmail.com. Paypal donations can be to that email address also.