Reagan Garnsey, age 11, of Dover, was named a 2018 honoree by the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.
Each year, the Barron Prize celebrates 25 inspiring, public-spirited young people — some named as winners and some named as honorees — who have made a positive difference to people and the environment. This year’s 10 Barron Prize honorees are a group of young leaders chosen from nearly 400 applicants across the U.S. and Canada.
Reagan founded the Buckets of Love Foundation — bucketsoflove.us — to provide games, crafts and puzzles to young children facing a medical challenge or some other hardship. Since launching her nonprofit in June 2017, she has created 518 buckets for children across Delaware and an additional 892 across the country. Each bucket includes a handwritten note of support. She has raised nearly $7,5000 to fund her work by soliciting donations, holding bake sales and organizing toy drives.
Since age 4, Reagan has hosted a summertime lemonade stand, raising more than $6,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. As a second-grader, she started a knitting club at her school, working with classmates to create more than 1,200 hats for people fighting cancer. She landed on the idea of Buckets of Love and recruited her 6-year-old sister, Payton, to join her.
“We’ve learned that when small acts of kindness get multiplied, they become big acts of kindness,” said Reagan. “And kindness can change the world.”
The Barron Prize was founded in 2001 by author T. A. Barron and was named for his mother, Gloria Barron. Each year’s 25 Barron Prize young heroes reflect the diversity of America.
“Nothing is more inspiring than stories about heroic people who have truly made a difference to the world,” said Barron. “And we need our heroes today more than ever. Not celebrities, but heroes — people whose character can inspire us all. That is the purpose of the Gloria Barron Prize: to shine the spotlight on these amazing young people so that their stories will inspire others.”
For more, visit barronprize.org.