–by Mary Helen Darah
PUBLICATION DATE: Mar 15, 2021
Remelle Smith-Agin, founder of nonprofit Alexis’ Tears, needs a hand, in fact many hands, that can sew or crochet. Smith-Agin’s organization became a 501(C)3 in December, 2020 after she started her organization in August of last year. Her nonprofit was created in memory and honor of her step-granddaughter who passed away just shy of her fifth birthday from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
When asked why the moose became the animal of choice the grandmother explained her trademark mammal. “I have always kept Alexis in my heart. I kept repeating for the cancer to MOVE out,” explained Smith-Agin. “She always loved animals and the word “moose” came out of my continual plea for the cancer to move out. The moose is now our trademark.”
Smith-Agin has delivered her stuffed creatures of comfort to numerous organizations including ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital, Rainbow Babies and an affiliate of St. Jude. She and one other person assist in making the stuffed moose for children.
Her main seamstress recently moved to Texas and Smith-Agin is in need of talented helping hands to assist her with her mission of spreading love and comfort to kids. She stated, “I need help! My goal is to give comfort and to help kids relax while going through tests and treatments. I have been shipping the moose from my seamstress in Texas but it would be wonderful if I could have some local volunteers that could help.”
Anyone interested in crocheting or sewing moose for hospitalized children can email firstname.lastname@example.org
call 419-517-3623 or 419-349-8846
mail to Alexis Tears
5813 Monroe St. #307
Sylvania, Ohio, 43560.