WEST POINT -- Plastic eggs in every color and size competed for space with large bags of Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Skittles and Dubble Bubble on 8-foot-long tables inside a church house.
Boy Scout Troops 598 and 897, along with West Point residents, formed an assembly line earlier this week to sort 3,500 plastic eggs and fill them with candy for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Austin Morris, 14, organized the project as one of his requirements for his Boy Scout Eagle award.
When he was 3, Austin was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare, cancerous tumor in his right eye. His parents, Melanie and Jay Morris, said they were not given much hope their oldest son would live very long, but Austin surprised everyone.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish when he was 4 and sent him and his family to Disney World. He also participated in the foundation's annual Easter egg hunt in Salt Lake City.
"I remember running around and finding a lot of eggs," Austin said as he stuffed Dubble Bubble bubble gum into a small, pink egg. "I loved it. It was a lot of fun."
Austin has no sight in his right eye, but that does not slow him down.
Now 10 years later, Austin needed an Eagle Scout project and decided he wanted to give back to the foundation. He learned it needed 3,500 eggs filled for an Easter egg hunt that will be held in Ogden for the first time, coincidentally on April 16, his 15th birthday.
Not only were scouts helping fill the eggs, but so were neighbors, including 4-year-old Madison Pearson.
When asked why she was putting candy in the plastic eggs, Madison said, "It's for Austin."
Neighbors and businesses donated the candy and the Make-A-Wish Foundation provided the plastic eggs.
Christine McAtee, director of the community outreach program for the foundation, said about 200 children will be at the Eccles Dinosaur Park for the Easter celebration, which includes the egg hunt.
The celebration is by invitation, McAtee said.
The foundation provides wishes to children ages 21aN2 to 18 who have a life-threatening medical condition. It holds activities, like the Easter celebration, throughout the year for the children and their families.