While many 10-year-olds are busy spending their summers relaxing with friends after long hot days at camp, Lexi Thomas and Abby Levin are trekking around Baltimore spreading light, joy and happiness to the sick and the elderly.
The girls founded their own nonprofit called Flowers for Powers and just recently received official nonprofit status.
It started this past March when the girls were jumping on a trampoline and noticed some pretty flowers nearby. They rushed to pick the flowers and ran straight into Lexi’s house to put them in her mother’s empty coffee mugs.
The girls then came up with the idea to deliver the flowers to local hospitals and nursing homes. Lexi’s mother, Sherri Sibel Thomas, said she was taken aback by their choosing to do such a meaningful mitzvah.
Since then, Flowers for Powers has grown and touched the lives of countless people in need. The Flowers for Powers official Facebook page has more than 700 “likes,” and the girls were featured and interviewed by WBAL-TV’s Jennifer Franciotti. And most recently, on July 14, the Flowers for Powers duo was interviewed by FOX 45 News.
The healing power of the girls’ flowers has graced the hallways of GBMC, Sinai Hospital, FutureCare and Atrium Village, among others.
When asked what the official mission of Flowers for Powers is, the girls responded in unison, “to spread healing powers and smiles to every patient in the world.”
“It’s personal for me because both of my grandmothers passed away, and I want to help people who have diseases like my grandmothers had. I just want them to feel happy,” Abby said.
Lexi and Abby, both congregants at Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, recently visited North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville. One of the more than 60 residents receiving flowers from Flowers for Powers was Paula Oppenheimer, a fellow Har Sinai congregant.
“The flowers are just as beautiful as the girls,” she said, as she thanked and hugged them.
“We try to make the flowers different, so everyone gets flowers that are unique to them just like each patient is different,” Lexi explained to the residents at North Oak Retirement center as their dinners were flowered, literally, by two girls trying to make the world a better place, one flower at a time.
Ruth Ciker, a resident at North Oaks, was eating her dinner with friends when the girls approached her table. Lexi and Abby explained the idea behind the flowers and gave each one of the ladies sitting at the table flowers.
“Abby and Lexi were so sweet, and we all appreciate the flowers and especially the thought behind the flowers,” Ciker said.
Mom Lisa Levin said, “We are so proud of the girls. The community has been so supportive, from people donating to the website, to helping us become an official nonprofit, to the Facebook ‘likes’ and to the more than $1,200 in donations we have received from Giant. We are beyond thankful.”
The mission for Flowers for Powers includes the word “worldwide,” and when asked about where outside of the U.S. the girls would want to take their healing powers and flowers, they responded, “Israel!”
Interested in updates of Abby and Lexi’s travels all over Baltimore to spread healing power with flowers, or interested in donating? “Like” them on Facebook by searching Flowers for Powers or visit flowersforpowers.com.
Justin Hayet is a JT intern