With spring officially starting this Sunday, hopefully, Mother Nature will get the nudge to stop with the winter temperatures. After all, it’s time for flowers to feel free to bloom and spring outfits to replace wools and boots.
And it’s also time to think about the Easter bunny. That little fellow has put out a SOS to provide Easter baskets for youngsters who have been victims of neglect and abuse. He’s partnering up with Community Partners of Dallas and Child Protective Services (CPS) to hopefully come up with thousands of baskets of the Annual Easter Basket Drive.
According to his spokesperson (aka CPD President/CEO) Paige McDaniel, “This year our Easter Basket Drive is back and in person, and we anticipate serving more than 2,000 children. We are so thankful to the many donors throughout the community who will ensure our kids feel their own joy and hope this Easter.”
There are two ways to come through for the drive:
- Create a special Easter basket or plastic bucket that includes Easter grass, five filled plastic eggs, wrapped candy, one age appropriate item and a small stuffed animal or book. Baskets must be wrapped in cellphone and labeled with a child’s age and gender. For more ideas, check here. BTW, why not draft a couple of kids to help make the baskets. Baskets will be accepted at “Bunny Burrow” (aka CPD headquarters at 7950 Elmbrook Drive, Dallas 75247) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
- Make a donation here and the CPD bunny helpers will put together the baskets on behalf of the donor.
But you’d better hop to it because the deadline for donations is Wednesday, March 30, in order for Bunny to deliver them on Easter Sunday, April 17. And if you have a chance, you might want to volunteer to help assemble the baskets.
So while you’re busy getting in the swing of spring activities, consider taking time out to create a basket. Easter is a time of renewal and receiving an Easter basket that is theirs alone may represent a positive sign for these children in their journey from neglect to a better life.
* Graphic courtesy of Community Partners of Dallas