Christian Center collecting Easter basket donations
Easter comes in the spring, a special time of the year, when nature starts to reawaken after the long, cold winter. It’s also a special time for Christians. It marks the resurrection and fills the Faithfulwith hope.
The Christian Center of Park City, a nonprofit community resource center that helps improve lives, especially of those who are experiencing financial difficulties, wants to spread that message by handing out Easter baskets to children whose parents visit the food pantries in Park City and Heber.
So it is hosting an Easter Basket Outreach through Saturday, March 19, according to
Jenny Mauer, director of programs and volunteers at the Christian Center of Park City.
"We are collection donations to make Easter baskets," Mauer told The Park Record. "We want to assemble these baskets so we can give them out that following week."
Donations will be accepted at the Christian Center of Park City, 1283 Deer Valley Dr., through March 19.
On that day, volunteers from this year’s partners, the National Charity League, which is comprised of moms and daughters, will assemble the Easter baskets.
"That means we have a couple of weeks to collect stuff," Mauer said. "The only thing we really ask is that all of the items are new and not used."
The list includes small baskets, crayons, bubbles, small toys, stickers, coloring books, markers, toy cars, small books, small stuffed animals and individually wrapped candy.
Mauer said the Christian Center would also accept other child-friendly items.
"We thought it would be fun if people got creative with their donations," she said. "Last year we had people donate sidewalk chalk and lots of candy."
Mauer was amazed at some of the other donated items last year.
"Someone found a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle basket and donated it and another person donated a Utah Jazz lunchbox," she said. "So, last year, like, hopefully this year, every basket we make will be a little different."
Mauer knows that there are some in the community who would like to donate pre-made baskets.
"If people want to make their own baskets and donate them, we’ll be more than happy to accept them, and if people want to donate premade baskets they bought at the store, we’ll accept them as well," she said.
This year’s goal is to hand out 250 baskets.
"Last year, the Park City High School went crazy and donated almost 400 baskets, and that was fun," Mauer said. "This year, we’ve cut back a bit, but we’ll hand out as many baskets as we get and can make."
The Easter Basket Outreach is something the Christian Center of Park City has done for at least the past four years. The baskets are handed out during food pantry hours, which are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
"Since we have a lot of kids who come to the food pantries with their parents, we though it would be a fun thing to give out Easter baskets," Mauer said. "Many of these kids are less than thrilled to be there and the baskets are a way to brighten their day.
"It’s so cute seeing these kids light up when they get a basket," she said. "Even if just the parents come in, we’ll ask them how many kids they have and give them some baskets. So, it’s not like they have to meet any criteria to receive them.
The Christian Center will give out baskets as long as supplies last.
"The Easter season is filled with hope because it’s springtime, which means new beginnings, and we wanted to spread the message," Mauer said. "It’s like giving hope to these kids and it gives us warm, fuzzy feelings."
The Christian Center of Park City will host its Easter Basket Outreach through March 19. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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