Time to begin our annual Easter basket push

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 9.49.46 PMIt’s that time of year, when SRC joins with Circles of Mercy to make a lot of needy youngsters in the area happy. It’s the annual Easter basket drive for kids ages 1 to 12.

Circles, a frequent public service partner with SRC, is an outreach center for poor and low-income families that is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community. In 2002, Mercy Associates started for Circles what has become a yearly tradition, of providing Easter Baskets to children of our client families.  This holiday program is known as “Easter Baskets for Cate’s Kids,” referring to the founder of Circles.

First up, we need someone to step up as coordinator/s of our effort. What that entails is:

(a) lining up a work partner — the Greenbush YMCA has been suggested since SRC member Shannon Romanowski is executive director there, and fellow member Len Leonidas at Community Care Physicians has been a frequent help through his Cub Scouts kids;

(b) purchasing a sufficient number of baskets, artificial grass, clear wrappings, etc. (the club will reimburse for expenditures) and delivering them to the work partners;

(c) being sure all assembled, clear-wrapped baskets are delivered to Circles of Mercy no later than Monday, April 15.

We strongly urge one or two of our members to step up to handle this short-term initiative, an excellent way to get your feet wet in community service for a grateful clientele. All who are interested are asked to contact President Andy Leyhane ASAP.

Meanwhile, here is the shopping list to distribute to our club and to our work partners:

  • traditional Easter candies
  • coloring books
  • crayons
  • color pencils
  • facial tissues
  • toothpaste and tooth brushes
  • dental floss
  • combs and brushes
  • age appropriate (1-12 years) small stuffed animals, toys
  • reading books

Last year, more than 150 requests for Easter baskets was met, and the same number or larger are expected for this year. The April 15 dropoff deadline was established to be sure the volunteer staff at Circles has time to get the baskets to their client families in time for the April 21 Easter holiday.

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