Representation matters: Nonprofit and toy store team up to give away hundreds of diverse dolls

Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 4:58 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Dolls with varying skin tones, and books featuring diverse protagonists will be given away Sunday for free at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds.

Enchanted Forest Toys and the nonprofit, Our 2 Cents Fairbanks, have teamed up to give hundreds of dolls and books away free to the community. The groups believe representation matters, and impacts the health of children and the community as a whole. The two groups have over 300 dolls to give away, with the entire project costing around $4,000.

On the Our 2 cents website, activist and Yupik mother, Becca Lou Yur’acung’ Frenzl writes:

We have a complex duty to do right by the melting pot we pride ourselves on being—not everyone has entered the melting pot on their own terms. Racial disparities and injustices are woven throughout the history of this country and continue to negatively impact children and their families to this day, as do disparities based on gender, ability, class, and orientation. That is why it is as important as ever to provide opportunities for representation to all children.”

Dolls and books will be given away Sunday from 3-7 p.m. at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds. Masks are required and everyone is asked to practice social distancing.

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