Easter Bunny’s helpers get baskets and goodies ready for Easter celebrations

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There’s the old expression, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” but Easter is the exception.

The volunteers here with  Let Elmira Live were making sure everything got ready for this Saturday’s Easter Program.

“It’s been an annual event. It started out with around 150 kids and now it’s grown,” Randy Jackson, the organizer and Pastor for Frontline Ministries, said. “We’re expecting somewhere between 750 to 1,000 kids.”

The Easter Program started three years ago, giving children a chance to enjoy the holiday with egg hunts, music, food and a dj.

Jackson says it’s all made possible with the support of local business.

“A lot of them, they’ve been just so good supporting the kids,” Jackson said. “We work with a lot of high-risk children and under-privileged children in the city and so they have a vision to help them.”

This year, there are going to be some rather special visitors.

“I’m hearing Santa is going to show up,” Jackson said. “He’s a little upset with the Easter Bunny and I think the Fidelis-aurus is going to be there.”

Over 200 baskets being made for Easter, all with the goal of putting a smile on kids’ faces.

“There’s a lot of kids that won’t get candy, won’t get anything from the Easter Bunny,” Robin Smith, a volunteer and coordinator with Let Elmira Live, said. “So it’s our way of giving back to the kids that won’t be able to have anything.”

This is Smith’s second year helping out. For Kathy Clark, it’s her first. She said the idea behind the program was swept up.

“When I started cleaning upstairs, it was like, ‘what are we doing with all these Easter baskets and stuff,'” Clark said. “And I say, ‘well Easter is coming so why don’t we just put things together.'”

It is a moment children can remember, and hopefully carry forward.

“What we’re hoping is that someday they’re going to return to the community and they’re going to do this for the kids,” Jackson explained, “and show how much they’re really loved and cared for.”

The Easter Program is this Saturday at the Woodlawn Community and Youth Center. It starts at 11 in the morning and will go until one.

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