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College students hand out over 300 Black baby dolls as Christmas presents to boost girls’ self-esteem

Around 300 young girls in Virginia will unwrap the gift of a Black baby doll on Christmas morning thanks to the generosity of college students who say they want the dolls to represent more than just a toy. “I hope that the girls who we are giving these baby dolls to will take away that their power is limitless,” said Caitlyn Russell, 19, a freshman at Mary Baldwin University, in Staunton, Virginia. For the past 25 years, groups of female, Black students at Mary Baldwin University, a private university of around 1,500 students, have organized the Annual Black Baby Doll Drive, which collects Black dolls to give to girls in the local community.