The Ciutadans staff
A local program will hold a glitter hat, scarf and glove raffle this week in Auburn, to be followed by one in early December in Syracuse.
My Hands Warm Your Heart, founded by Auburn entrepreneur Melody Smith Johnson, will hold the raffle at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Rescue Mission, 51 Merriman St., Auburn.
With the help of the Schweinfurth Art Center, Johnson recruited 28 knitters to make the outerwear. He was dazzled by her, Beonca Louis and LeeAnn Slomski. Nearly 60 sets will be available in Auburn and Syracuse.
“My hope is that My Hands Warm Your Heart: By Women, For Women will be a nationwide initiative, fueled by my strong belief that community matters,” Johnson said in a press release. “We can look out for each other, especially in times of rising holiday costs.”
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The Syracuse drawing will be held in partnership with Shankevia Dean, owner of Kevi’s Treats at 2313 S. Salina St., Syracuse.
“My vision for My Hands Warm Your Heart is to put a set of dazzling outerwear in the hands of every woman who needs it,” said Johnson, who owns local business Divine Coverings. “I’ve been homeless, survived a history of sexual abuse and a suicide attempt, so I know what it means to have someone outside of your circle offer an act of kindness without expecting anything in return. It’s powerful.”
For more information, contact Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.