2013 Updated-http://www.paparksandforests.org/LeahVogel_donate.html

Last year, I was moved to write an article about pool safety and little children. A close friend of my daughter  lost her precious little girl in a pool drowning.

“This is the playground being built for stephs daughter Leah. Today she would have been 4. Steph went and took a picture of the playground to show everyone and look at that ray of sun shining 🙂 must have been baby Leah”

“A light shining in the hearts of the children”

My daughter sent me this today. It would have been Leah’s 4th birthday. I believe the Lord has used this little girl’s story to save thousands of children. She is always going to be a special ray of sunshine! I pray that we all know-someday through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross; we  will be with little Leah again. I know God is watching over her family and friends. Let’s all trust in the Lord for the promise of heaven and while living here on this earth, be a blessing and help others. Sew your seeds and reap your reward in heaven!

Leah Morgan Vogel

July 14, 2008 to June 26, 2011

The Leah Vogel Memorial Playground Fund was established to raise funds to develop playgrounds in state parks, enabling children to be active and healthy and to create family memories. Leah served as the postcard image in the PPFF 2009 campaign to keep parks open. Her message was, “Preserve parks and forests for future generations.” Leah loved the outdoors–playing on her swingset, digging in her sandbox, watching birds and butterflies, chasing her dog, visiting the farm to pick out pumpkins at Halloween, and being with her big brother. Leah was a ray of sunshine and loved by all who met her.


To preserve her memory, and make new ones for others, Leah’s family and friends are dedicated to raising funds to build a playground at Sam Lewis State Park in Wrightsville, her hometown. The Foundation will continue to raise funds for playgrounds across the commonwealth, as part of our mission is to engage people in outdoor recreation.

Thank you for helping make memories that last for a lifetime.

Marci Mowery, President and Family Member


Article written last year:

In Bucks County, three children have drowned in backyard pools since 2009. Parents need to know the dangers of all forms of water. Pools of all shapes and sizes are a danger to children. Keeping children in our sight constantly is not easy, there have been cases where a child gets out of sight just for a few minutes and drowns. The safety gates, decks and locks are not keeping these children out.

Children love the water and are very curious. Recently, a 4 year old child drowned after unlocking a gate and in a matter of 2 minutes drowned in a pool only 4 feet deep. Another child slipped away from her mother’s view only for a few minutes and was found in the pool. The gate was locked, but the 2 year old opened it. Determined children find a way through these safety features.

The leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4 is drowning. It is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under age 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents must get educated on this subject. Check out this website and get informed.

Let’s help prevent the tragic drowning of our precious children.


Pennsylvania code requires property owners to obtain a building permit and install a minimum 4-foot-high fence or barrier with self-closing and self-latching gates around any structure intended for swimming or bathing (such as hot tubs) containing more than 24 inches (2 feet) of water.


Many children drown within an arm’s reach, without even being noticed. Many people do not realize how quickly and silently a child can drown. More public awareness is needed. All pools are dangerous- in-ground, above ground, kiddie pools and especially the inflatable pools. A toddler or small child can easily reach up and pull down the sidewall of a pool, tumble in and the side bounces back up and the child cannot be seen.

If you are going to have a pool, then having all the safety barriers in place is very important. Parents need to be aware that they can not only depend on the barriers to prevent accidental drowning. The child must always be under adult supervision. Another safety issue is night-time safety. Children will get up at night and unlock doors, go outside and can enter a pool area. The mind of a child should not ever be underestimated. Keeping your child safe and inside is the priority. Putting window and door alarms in place is another good precaution when you have a pool.


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