Morgan Cook

Morgan Cook, 13, shows off her new makeup palate inside her she shed, donated by the Visual Bucket List Foundation.

LEXINGTON – A lot of bucket lists this year for many people have gone unchecked, but some organizations are still doing everything they can to grant as many wishes as they can. 

The Visual Bucket List Foundation provides a unique and individualized visual experience for children losing their vision. Each gift is based on that child’s visual bucket list, and each wish looks different. 

After forming in 2016, Visual Bucket List has delivered on many children’s wishes such as sending a boy on a real dinosaur dig in South Dakota, two girls down to Disney World and another boy down to Florida to spend the day with the Navy's Blue Angels. They’ve also provided eSight glasses for children to enhance their vision to see many different things. 

More recently, the Visual Bucket List granted a family from Huron with specialized contacts that enabled a legally-blind girl to have 20/20 vision. They also surprised a local Mansfield girl with a special “she shed.”

For the she-shed project, the Visual Bucket List called on the community for help and received an overwhelming response. 

“We had a lot of people offer free labor and services in order to make this wish for the she-shed a reality. It became a community project,” said Christine Myers, co-founder. 

Although the foundation has grown, it is still quite small and run completely by volunteers. With very little overhead expenses, they like to spend all of the money they raise on making a difference in a child’s life. 

Due to the pandemic, the Visual Bucket List has not been able to do as much fundraising or events this year, and they have been limited on what wishes they can grant due to travel restrictions.

Even though they haven’t been as active in the past year as they’ve wanted to be, the Visual Bucket List Foundation’s presence is still felt. However, in order to keep making more children’s dreams a reality, they need the community’s help now more than ever. 

“The special thing about Richland County is the ‘big hearts’ and support of local area non-profit organizations,” Myers said. “We have always been blessed to have the support of this community whether it be financial or other offers of assistance.”

During Richland Gives, you can donate here to the Visual Bucket List Foundation and help them meet their goals. 

This article was paid for by the nonprofit organization mentioned. Leading up to Giving Tuesday on December 1, we will feature profiles on various local nonprofits. Read all the stories here.

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Tierra Thomas is the Thrive Reporter for Richland Source and Content Specialist for Source Brand Solutions. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Journalism. When she's not writing news, she's writing fiction or taking photos.