12-Year-Old Boy Learns to Sew to Lovingly Gift Over 800 Stuffed Animals to Sick Children


An Australian boy named Campbell Remess is unlike ordinary kids his age. At the young age of nine, he decided to take an active role in brightening the lives of others. It began when he asked his parents if they could buy Christmas presents for kids in the hospital, but was told it would cost too much. Rather than abandon the idea, Remess chose to make the gifts himself. “I decided that I would make one present a day which is 365 a year and give them all away,” he recalled, naming the impressive endeavor Project 365.

That was over three years ago; and now 12 years old, Remess still going strong with his promise. Armed with a sewing machine and loads of faux fur, he has created over 800 stuffed animals, producing over 450 in 2016 alone! Each bear is adorably fluffy with large, sweet eyes and its own name. Once complete, the soft creatures find homes in the arms of people who could use a kind gesture and new pal.

Remess takes requests for bears, and occasionally sells his handiwork on eBay for charity. In addition, he also takes donations for fabric and notions through his website.







These are some of the recipients of Remess' heartwarming gifts:





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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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