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Be A Bunny

The Department of Social Services is accepting Easter basket donations for children.

March 27, 2007

The annual "Be a Bunny" program is asking for help to provide baskets of candy and gifts to 3,000 children and youth in need.

Workers with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services will distribute the donated Easter baskets to children and teenagers in foster care, children in families who are clients of DSS, and children in families helped by partner agencies.

The DSS Community Resources Office manages the program and will accept donated Easter baskets through April 5 at the main DSS office, 301 Billingsley Road in Charlotte. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information call the CRO at 704-336-4809.

"The joy on children's faces as they carry their baskets home is so refreshing," Beverly Hinson, CRO administrator, said. "They have a look of: ‘This is for me?’ They are so cute and look surprised that someone cares. For most, this is the only basket they will get as their parents need to spend what money they have on basic needs. Every child deserves to smile.’’

Some guidelines for basket contents:

- 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 Debbies, etc.) are fine, but home-baked goods are not allowed by the Department of Public Health.

- 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.

- 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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