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Dexter N
201 St Ann's Ave
(South Bronx)
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the project

The holidays could be a difficult time for families in Millbrook, so we are raising money to purchase toys, educational supplies, and sports equipment for these students at Millbrook Community Center. The money raised will be used to purchase items from Grandma’s Place in Harlem, a nearby black-owned toy store. Grandma’s Place is a staple in the community and has the beautiful motto - Grandma’s Place is a unique toy boutique for all cultures.

the steps

We have been working with Millbrook Center to identify exactly what students need and could possibly want in order to create a budget to start raising funds. We have also been working with Grandma from Grandma’s Place to ensure that desired toys are in stock.

Once the funds are raised the purchase will go in, we will receive the toys and supplies, wrap them, and deliver them the first week of January when the students return back from break. Not every family can provide a Christmas like the ones shown on TV, so having something exciting to come back to after break, for every student, will hopefully provide them with a strong start to the new year.


why we're doing it

I grew up in Millbrook Projects, so I went to school in the area and Millbrook Community Center for its after-school program and summer camp program. Through the center, I got the chance to express myself through art, dance, sports, games, and conversations. I have been on many memorable trips, gained some of my closest friends, and learned some of my biggest lessons at the center. A large portion of these experiences wouldn’t have been available to me without the center.

The center also provides career services and resources to the community. JobsPlus is an office downstairs at Millbrook Community Center full of diligent workers that work at providing skills and resources to people in the community. They offer a variety of lessons, computer services, transportation, and more for anything looking to grow themselves. 

I’ve gained from Millbrook Community Center both as a child and as an adult. Through that experience, I’m motivated to run this toy drive. Though I can’t reciprocate what I’ve gained, I think any contribution to the community is a right step in the direction of helping the community improve.

I relate to the kids in the center and whether I know them directly or not - I see them as younger siblings and want to do what I can to give back to the community that helped raise me. Thank you for any and all support - Dexter




Toys - $692.04

Sports Equipment - $200

School Supplies - $200

TOTAL RAISED = $1,187.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $59.35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $35.61



Toys - $600

Sports Equipment - $200

School Supplies - $200

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $54
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


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