Armed with chocolate bunnies, artificial turf and plastic eggs, Lisa Hilton Glover managed her own Easter basket supply chain from her home north of Syracuse.
For the fourth year, Glover distributed free baskets to low-income families filled with treats like cups of peanut butter and jelly candies. The baskets are an addition to what she has dubbed her “COVID-19 Free Food Table”, which is an array of canned goods and hygiene bags.
With local Easter egg hunts canceled to stop the spread of the coronavirus through social isolation, Glover said she hopes the baskets will bring joy to families in need.
“The kids don’t really understand what we’re going through right now,” she said. “I would not let these little children down.”
Early Friday evening, people arrived at their reserved time slot and retrieved their baskets from the table, expressing their thanks through a mask and a wave. More people picked up baskets on Saturday afternoon.
“I was not going to let the coronavirus epidemic ruin Easter for the children in our community,” said Glover.
More than 200 local children received baskets and supplies for Easter egg hunts at home, in part thanks to a Facebook group that Glover started in 2014 to organize holiday donations called Syracuse, Helping One Another.
Glover said it serves around 50 families a week. She has a wardrobe in her house filled with sizes from newborn to adult; it also offers winter gear such as hats and gloves, pet food and formulas, diapers and wipes.
The page has become a community where members can communicate with their needs or suggest items that could serve someone else.
“I created this group to connect caring people who believe they are helping others with those who need it,” she said. “It is so great to see our community come together at a time when it can be difficult to see much good in this world.
“Thanks to the caring members of our group, we will be able to give children a little joy at Easter,” said Glover.
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