For 14 years now, Fairfield teen Molly Meehan and with the help of her mother, Michele Meehan, when she was much younger, has been raising money to bring Easter “hoppiness” to the littlest clients of Operation Hope.

This year, Molly and friend Emma von der Linden (also pictured here) filled the baskets with books, in addition to sweet treats. Molly felt it was important to include books since schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and students are doing distance learning. Molly and Emma are graduating seniors this year. Molly will be attending Virginia Tech and Emma will be attending the Miami University of Ohio in the fall. Their passion and dedication to helping care for our littlest clients will be greatly missed but we are excited Molly will be turning over the project to another Easter basket enthusiast.

We are grateful to Molly and her friends for their support of our clients all these years. Something that seems so simple shows the children we serve that someone cares, and how lovely is it that it’s another child giving back and learning so much from her experience. The Meehans are raising and inspiring such thoughtfulness in their big-hearted daughter and her friends, and for that, our community is a better place.