Friends bring Easter message to children |

Friends bring Easter message to children

by Caryn Haller
Eight-month-old Savannah Koontz, daughter of Ashley and Stephen, at Flight restaurant with an Easter basket.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

The Easter bunny is getting some help this year thanks to a group of four friends.

A basket drive and free brunch is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Flight Restaurant in Minden.

“Christmas isn’t the only season of giving,” organizer Janice Rice said. “There’s an important message in Easter, and kids need to know they’re loved.”

The idea to have a basket drive came about during a Bible study when Rice, Beth Husby, Daisy Bankofier and Lori Baxter decided they wanted to do something for Easter.

“Easter does have a reason, and this is a way we can do something to put action into the words,” Rice said. “We’re going to add little items to the baskets that tell the Easter story.”

Rice said they are collecting 30 Easter baskets to be distributed to families referred to them by the Family Support Council, CASA and the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley.

“What we can really use is candy and baskets by themselves, and little stuffed animals really go well in them,” Rice said. “We’ll take whatever donations people bring in. If they don’t have time to put a basket together that’s fine.”

Baxter is providing breakfast casseroles, pastries and fresh fruit for the brunch with the hopes of attracting more donations.

“We need baskets for 14-to-16-year-old boys and girls,” Rice said. “We’re prepared for up to 100 people to show up.”

Family Support Council referred a dozen children to receive baskets from the drive.

“It’s hard to go back to school Monday morning and the kids are talking about what the Easter bunny brought them, and they can’t be a part of the conversation,” said Jenn Forzani, family services coordinator. “It’s a hard burden for a little one to bare.”

Forzani added that there’s always a need in the Valley for holiday help.

“Luckily our community is always there,” she said. “There’s always people wanting to be there for the kids and make them smile. It’s amazing.”

Flight restaurant is located at 2244 Meridian Blvd. in Minden.

For more information or to donate, call Rice at 721-1519.