by Jaylon Thompson
Two Fayette County students are making a difference in the community and giving back to those in need.
Sisters Charity and Chasity Cloud have teamed up with their mother, Ivory Cloud, to run the Dreams of Lois non-profit organization. What started as a women’s mentorship organization to honor Ivory’s late mother, Lois, has blossomed into a successful community outreach non-profit that is sweeping the state.
“I was always in love with giving back by helping the community and putting on events,” Ivory Cloud said. “I always wanted to be a business entrepreneur. One day it hit me that I should start a mentoring group as I worked with children.”
In 2010, Ivory created Dreams of Lois to honor her mother, who had passed away from breast cancer. The organization was created to help young women in similar situations embrace their womanhood with support and love.
Eventually, Dreams of Lois expanded into several outreach projects. The Clouds help facilitate several events around Atlanta and surrounding areas. At the forefront of their efforts was an annual pajama donation drive and a Mother’s Day tea party at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).
Charity and Chasity helped spearhead those efforts and cultivated the logistics of the programs. In March, the sisters ran a pajama donation drive across several Fayette County schools. They collected 300 brand new pajamas, hats, and socks.
Whitewater High and Whitewater Middle were instrumental in the outreach drive. Chasity worked with several classmates to collect 50 loaves of bread and 100 jars of peanut butter and jelly. These ingredients were used to serve sandwiches to young cancer patients and their families.
“People have to realize they have to pay for parking daily and sometimes they are missing days of work,” Ivory said. “Chasity and Charity came up with this innovative idea to serve them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”
The snacks were well received. Several families came down and expressed their gratitude for the support.
“It’s wonderful knowing that everything is appreciated,” Chasity said. “Knowing that they may not have everything and are less fortunate, it’s great to give back and create memories. It’s a wonderful feeling.”
Along with the donations, the sisters planned arts and crafts for the patients. There were different games and activities that left an inspirational message. The activities became a way to invoke some positive reassurance in a difficult time.
“My favorite moments would have to be the smiles and the joy that people have,” Charity said. “They appreciate everything from the crafts, toys, and items.”
On Mother’s Day, the sisters continued to spread joy. They helped serve 100 individuals at CHOA with popcorn, desserts, and tea. The girls’ willingness to give back left a sizable impression on their mother.
“The girls are very vital to the growth of the organization,” Ivory said. “They are the ones that come up with ideas for the crafts and items. They have brought out a real entrepreneurial spirit in me.”
Ivory Cloud is beyond proud of her daughters. She marvels at how much work they put in to help hundreds of people in need.
The sisters manage to juggle a chock full schedule. Charity is on the varsity basketball team at Whitewater High and in the Beta Club and AP classes, and Chasity is a member of the Builders Club and the orchestra program at Whitewater Middle, but they make time to give back.
Ivory knows her daughters truly embody the spirit her mother and late nephew always exuded.
“It’s priceless to be able to work with my daughters,” Ivory said. “(It’s good) to continue seeing my mother and nephew’s legacy live on for generations to come.”
Dreams of Lois plans to continue assisting the community throughout the year. The organization offers many programs to children and young adults in pre-K through the collegiate level.
Upcoming monthly events include a Family Fun Day in July and a Breast Cancer Walk in October. There are also toy and food drives in the winter months. The events will be held throughout surrounding areas, with more events slated for CHOA this year.
“I really wanted to think outside the box with things we could do that would be different,” Ivory said. “I have a connection and partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I have been working with them for the past few years and currently, we are on the books every year to host three major events at the CHOA.”
For the Cloud sisters, their goodwill has been rewarded. They were featured as Unsung Heroes on CBS 46 with anchor Karyn Greer. The sisters also won several awards and were honored among community leaders.
They aim to continue fostering services in honor of their grandmother. Their family will be right there to support and make a difference as well.
For more information on Dreams of Lois, visit www.dreamsoflois.org.