Aurora churches, businesses, groups partner to hand out 350 Easter baskets
Three hundred and fifty families served by an Aurora food pantry received early Easter baskets on Wednesday, March 24.
Aurora churches, businesses and community groups partnered to hand out baskets to families served by Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry in a drive-through distribution at the pantry Wednesday morning.
Rebecca "Becky" Dunnigan, pantry community outreach and program coordinator, said baskets were filled with toys, books, bubbles, chalk, kites, candy and filled plastic eggs. The items were placed in colored baskets wrapped in cellophane.
A dozen students from Rosary High School in Aurora helped load baskets into pantry families' vehicles. Irene Robles, a West Aurora High School senior, donned an Easter Bunny costume to hand out plastic eggs.
Volunteers from St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora completed basket assembly Monday at the pantry. St. Athanasios volunteers represented the church's Philoptochos Chapter. New England Congregational Church volunteers began basket assembly Friday.
Fifteen area groups donated items to the baskets.
Donors and gifts were: Aurora Public Library Foundation, books; Amazon delivery, Aurora, toys; Fannie May, Aurora, chocolate candies; New England Congregational Church, Aurora, artificial grass for baskets; It's Fit Time and New Horizon Christian Fellowship, Aurora, jelly beans; Leave Me Bee and New Horizon, soap bubbles; O'Donnell Elementary School Girl Scout Troop 4340, Aurora, kites; Community Christian Church, Aurora, kites; Rosary High School Rotary Club, Aurora, kites; Grace Pointe Church, Aurora, sidewalk chalk; Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, Aurora, Lucky Charms marshmallows and M&M's; Kim Grant Realtor, Oswego, plastic eggs; and John Greene Realty, Naperville, baskets and plastic eggs.
Dunnigan said, "This was an event done probably 20 years ago, we resurrected it." She stressed the event was "sold out" in advance with registration at capacity. According to Dunnigan, a Christmas-themed event is being considered for December.