Following her interview with “Dear Black Girls” organizers, Cassandra Pryor and Melody Smalls, talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise $25,000 for the program.
“Dear Black Girls” is described as an organization on a mission to inspire, encourage, and uplift young girls and build a sisterhood among girls between the ages of 7 and 14 in the Bronx community. While sharing details about the program, DeGeneres and her team revealed:
“Ellen is encouraging all of her fans and viewers to help and support two incredibly giving sisters, Cassandra Pryor and Melody Smalls from the Bronx. A few years ago, Cassandra lost her long-term boyfriend unexpectedly, leaving her a single mother of two. Her sister, Melody, immediately moved into their one-bedroom apartment to help. Since then, they have struggled financially, but despite their circumstances, both Cassandra and Melody wanted to give back to their community, so they created an inspiring program called Dear Black Girl.
“Dear Black Girl is based out of the Bronx, with the mission to inspire, encourage and uplift young girls, teaching them to love and believe in themselves. It aims to build a sisterhood among girls in the community ages 7-14, through special events such as lunches and sleepovers. Cassandra and Melody want these girls to know that they are loved and special, while giving them the confidence to achieve their dreams.”
All funds from the campaign will be used to help the program continue its growth, group events, assist in buying school supplies, and help provide college funding. Since its launch, the initiative has successfully surpassed its initial funding target thanks to more than 600 supporters.
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