Article by Karen Macier
Melody Smith Johnson is working on a similar project to benefit the Auburn Rescue Mission. “My Hands Warm Your Heart — By Women for Women,” in partnership with the Schweinfurth Art Center, is working to collect handcrafted scarves and knitted outwear that will then be donated to the women served by the programs of the Rescue Mission.
In addition to her retail business, Melody is the founder of the Beverly L. Smith Empowerment Initiative. Named in honor of her late mother, this program provides scholarships, mentoring and counseling to young women of color. In the past five years, it has granted some $70,000.
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