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Multicultural toys wanted for holiday toy drive at St. Petersburg’s Woodson African-American Museum

Museum has a collection of Black Santas
dolls of color
Posted at 4:36 AM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 17:59:23-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When Terri Lipsey Scott was a little girl, she had a doll named Sindy.

Terri loved Sindy.

But Terri didn’t look like Sindy.

“I still love Sindy!” says the executive director of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum in St. Petersburg. “But she was not a representation of me and my culture.”

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That is why Terri is hosting a toy drive at the museum. She is asking the community for dolls of color and multicultural books and toys.

“Little black girls don’t always have that opportunity to love on something that looks like them,” Terri says.

The museum will host two open houses this week for the toy-drive dropoff:

  • Wednesday, December 11 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Terri is asking for new unwrapped dolls, toys, books, bikes and more.

While you are at the museum, make sure to check out its extensive collection of Black Santas.