The Miami Times Feature, December 2014

Zoe’s Dolls was featured on the front of the business section, above the fold of The Miami Times Newspaper.  Direct link to the article is here.

 

 

Zoe Terry CEO of Zoe’s Dolls

Zoe Terry knows about the “spirit of giving.”

Since 3 years old, Zoe was taught to share her Christmas toys.

“Give one of your Christmas gifts to a child less fortunate than you are,” Zoe’s mother Nakia Bowling said she told Zoe.

And that’s what she did.

Zoe, now 8 years old, has expanded her mother’s advice and founded Zoe’s Dolls, a not-for-profit company, through which people can donate dolls to those less fortunate.

The company gave more than 500 dolls last Christmas to girls between the ages of 4 and 12 in Miami-Dade County, Haiti and Zambia. Zoe’s Dolls collects dolls year round, however, the official kick-off collection date starts on Zoe’s birthday, Oct. 19 and runs through Dec. 20.

OVERCOMES A STROKE

Zoe was born in Washington, D.C. but has lived in South Florida all her life. At 2, Zoe had a stroke.

The stroke affected Zoe’s fine and gross motor skills. After going through two years of intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy, Zoe overcame most of her physical limitations. This year she learned to ride her bike without training wheels, a feat that was once thought not possible.

“Zoe was and is a real fighter,” her mother, Bowling, said. “While Zoe still has work to do with building up her strength on the right side of her body and working with her speech, she remains unstoppable. She dances three times a week with Next Generation Dance Academy and plays tennis regularly.”

When Zoe turned 5 she told her mother she didn’t want to give away her gifts anymore.

“I want to start a business that gives free Brown dolls to little Brown girls in need at Christmas time,” Zoe said to Bowling. Thus, the beginning of Zoe’s Dolls. Zoe serves as CEO.

Starting on her birthday each year,

Zoe asks family and friends to donate a new, unwrapped doll of color in lieu of a birthday gift. This year’s goal is to get 1,000 dolls donated.

Zoe Terry, fifth from left, and some of the recipients of Zoe’s Dolls, a not-for-profit company.

Zoe Terry, fifth from left, and some of the recipients of Zoe’s Dolls, a not-for-profit company.

“Every little girl needs a doll to play with and every little girl should have a birthday party to make them feel special,” Zoe said. “I want to give dolls to little Brown girls who do not have dolls to play with.”

Zoe purposely calls her target market Brown girls.

“Most people say, Black or African American. I like to say Brown because we are not really Black,” she said.

The biggest donation comes from Miami Country Day, where the whole lower

school participates in the doll drive, according to Bowling. This year, a local Family Dollar and Toys R Us have agreed to work with Zoe’s Dolls, by matching dolls for every doll donated.

Zoe’s goal for her company: Her own line of Brown dolls.

Know the CEO

Zoe, a third grade student at Miami Country Day School in Miami Shores, is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens, where she serves on the youth usher board. Her favorite foods are mussels, soup and salad. She loves playing on her iPad, hanging out with her best friend Eryn and spending time with her “Mommy” and Gaga, her Godmother. She has a dog named Nikko.

Zoe also gives speeches at local schools, churches and is a regular on-the-air personality at several radio stations.

Zoe’s motto: “Nothing is impossible.”

For more information on Zoe’s Dolls, collection sites and how you can donate, visit www.zoesdolls.com or call 305-726-3673.

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