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2006 News from Mecklenburg County


March 22, 2006

BE A BUNNY: PROVIDE A BASKET OF GOODIES AND GIFTS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

Charlotte, NC - The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) continues a tradition of more than twenty years with its program, "Be a Bunny." This month, you can provide a basket for a child or youth who otherwise would not receive a gift or treat for the holiday.

The DSS Community Resources Office (CRO) will collect Bunny Baskets on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, April 7, 2006. The baskets should be delivered to the Wallace Kuralt Centre, 301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte. The baskets will be distributed by social workers to the children of DSS clients.

The goal this year is to collect and deliver at least 2,500 baskets, says Polly Needham, CRO administrator. Last year, the program collected 2,289 baskets for children.

If you, your family, church, business or civic group is interested in participating, please call 704-336-4809, weekdays, to sign up. You can put together a basket of individual items, or purchase a basket already made. Ideas for what to put inside the baskets include Jellybeans, malted milk candy eggs, a chocolate candy rabbit, and a small toy.

Here's what you need to know about filling a basket:

• Candies and other goodies must be individually wrapped, or in a small closed package. Jellybeans are the exception.
• Baked goods must be from a health-approved facility. Manufactured products (Little Debbie, etc.) are fine, but home-baked goods are not allowed by the Health Department.
• Stuffed animals, small toys/games, books, etc. are welcome additions.
• Any size basket is welcome; the recipient children range in age from toddler through teens. There is usually a shortage of baskets for older children and teens.
• Baskets must be wrapped in some manner to avoid loss of contents during handling and deliveries. The large decorative cello-bags are ideal; traditional cellophane wrap and the newer colored cling wraps are also fine if openings are sealed.
• Please attach a tag to each basket indicating the appropriate age range and gender. Secure tags to the baskets in a manner that can be removed by the workers.



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