'Allyhoo' charity helps hospitalized children across Twin Cities

December 16, 2018 05:50 PM

One woman's charity is helping kids across the Twin Cities this holiday season.

Ally Doucette is from Le Sueur. She created Allyhoo, a charity that sells pillows for hospitalized children.

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Allyhoo is an animal-shaped pillow custom handmade by Doucette and a team of volunteers.

On Sunday, the 20-year-old teamed up with Stock and Barrel Gun Club in Chanhassen for an event. People could buy the pillows or even help make them.

"When you buy or customize one, the identical twin is donated in your name to the Children's Hospital," said Doucette.

Doucette said she was inspired after undergoing chemotherapy for an unknown autoimmune disease when she was 13 years old.

"Being a patient there, I just saw all the other patients there and my inspiration was just trying to make them feel better," said Doucette.


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When she was in the hospital, Doucette used sewing to take her mind off of things.

"It was a nice distraction for me. It made me feel better about everything in general," she said.

Randy Ferris, the general manager at Stock and Barrel Gun Club, said the partnership with Doucette started a year ago.

"When we heard from Ally's parents about what Ally has done and how this has helped her heal and how she is helping other kids to heal, we wanted to partner with her and kind of set some records for making Allyhoos today," said Ferris.

"It feels really good. It makes me feel better about it too," said Doucette.

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