While it’s not terribly unusual for a teenager to volunteer her time to help others, it is unusual for a child to have started so young and maintain and grow her giving over the course of 10 years.
In 2006, Molly Meehan, age 3, and her mother, Michele Meehan, of Fairfield, counted her piggy bank. Feeling she had too much for someone that age, Michele suggested they do something for a charity with those extra pennies. Michele called Operation Hope to see if they could donate an Easter basket. Michele thought it would be something fun and easy they could shop for, make together and deliver. After speaking with an Operation Hope employee, Michele asked out of curiosity how many baskets Operation Hope would need in order to give one to each child it served; that first year with the help of friends, Michele made 60 baskets. Molly helped, but being so little, she needed to clear the way for the assembly line!