A Veteran of Surgeries at Age 9, She Brings Comfort in Buckets to Other Kids

A Veteran of Surgeries at Age 9, She Brings Comfort in Buckets to Other Kids

Morgan Keely

Morgan Keely, center, joined by nurses at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, stands in front of a delivery of treat-filled buckets.

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Friday, July 10, 2015 - 10:00am

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Morgan Keely. Read her story and nominate an outstanding volunteer or organization as a Point of Light.

As a scared 4-year-old about to receive her second cochlear implant to help her hear, Morgan Keely was delighted and surprised to receive a basket of toys that had been donated to the hospital by a local corporation.

“I loved it so much that I asked my mom if I could do the same thing,” she says.

Morgan, who was born deaf, has endured numerous surgeries and extensive therapy to be able to hear and speak. Now – as a dynamic 9-year-old whose favorite subjects at school are “gymnastics, violin, spelling, writing, math and science!” – she’s giving back to other kids who need a little extra support.

So far, Morgan and her mom, Jayne Frank, have loaded almost 600 sand buckets full of playthings and sent them to children awaiting surgery at local hospitals. The buckets come with coloring books, crayons, bubble bottles and Woofis — stuffed, brown-and-white, floppy-eared puppies.

Woofi is a central part of the gift because Morgan always brought the puppy — sold by Because We Care Ministries — to her own surgeries.

“I like him because under his ears, it says ‘Jesus Loves You,’” she says. For every puppy Morgan buys from the nonprofit, it gives her one free.

Morgan, who lives in a Philadelphia suburb, raises the rest of the funds necessary to fill the buckets by baking and selling brownies and pies, and by accepting donations of books, crayons and bubbles.

Read the rest of the story on the Points of Light blog.