By Corey Poole
Nine-year-old Westin Key, son of Tim and Lauren Key, has a true heart of gold. After saving money up for a year he made a $300 donation to Drew Brees’ Foundation: Brees Dream Foundation and a $300 donation to Thomas Morstead’s foundation: What You Give Will Grow.
“There are kids who are more in need than me. Not everyone is as fortunate,” said Westin, a student at Northwestern State University Elementary Lab School in Natchitoches, LA. He plays baseball, but has future plans to play basketball and football.
Westin chose to donate to the foundations formed by Saints players because of his love for the team. After meeting his role model for the first time at a training camp in 2018, Westin started saving up his money so he could impact peoples’ lives.
“I heard they had a foundation and I just want to help others,” said Westin. He already helps others on a regular basis, whether it’s sponsoring families in his community at Christmas so they can have presents to open or handing out food to families in Cozumel during his family’s annual vacation.
For his big donation Westin raised $600 by saving up his birthday, Christmas, and report card money. He also pet sat for neighbors and did other odd jobs.
After hearing about this incredible young man’s donation, Brees and Morstead decided to surprise Westin during a practice session. They told his father that Westin is the first kid to give them a donation like he did.
Westin go the VIP treatment with some one-on-one time with his favorite athletes. And the ice flew during a snow cone fight where it was Saints players versus their youngest fans. Westin received a signed Brees jersey and Morstead signed the #6 jersey Westin was wearing at the event.
When Saints player Ted Ginn Jr. heard that Westin had a goal to one day own his very own Saints helmet, he brought out an official helmet and presented it to Westin. Ginn, Brees, Morstead, Taysom Hill, and Cameron Jordan signed the helmet.
Westin has a long history with the Saints. His family has been going to games for the past 5 years. Westin has been on the field before two games at the Mercedes Benz Superdome and has taken a tour of the facility. There’s also an impressive collection of signed memorabilia they’ve collected over the years proudly on display in their home.
Perhaps one of their favorite items is a picture of Westin taken with Saints Owner Gayle Benson. As if taking this kind of photo wasn’t amazing enough, two days before the “no call” playoff game on Jan. 20 Westin received a signed copy of the photograph with a personal note from Benson.
“Mrs. Benson and her entire staff with the New Orleans Saints are so amazing and kind and it’s one of the many reasons why we love them,” said Westin and his father, a season ticket holder. That and the fun, crazy energy at the games and how they like to “Get Crunk” in the dome.
The mission of the Brees Dream Foundation is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.
The mission of What You Give Will Grow is to improve the lives of those in need with a strong focus on children’s charities and cancer initiatives.
Pictured above on front row are Westin Key and his friend Caleb Bynog. On back from are Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, Tim and Lauren Key, and Saints Punter Thomas Morstead.