350 families served by an Aurora pantry received early Easter baskets on Wednesday March 24th.
Aurora churches, businesses, and community groups have teamed up to distribute baskets to families served by Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry in a drive-through distribution in the pantry on Wednesday morning.
Rebecca “Becky” Dunnigan, public relations and program coordinator for the pantry, said the baskets were filled with toys, books, bubbles, chalk, kites, candy and stuffed 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 the pantry families’ vehicles. Irene Robles, a senior at West Aurora High School, donned an Easter bunny costume to hand out plastic eggs.
Volunteers from the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Athanasios in Aurora completed the basket assembly in the pantry on Monday. Volunteers of St. Athanasios represented the Philoptochus chapter of the church. New England Congregational Church volunteers began assembling the basket on Friday.
15 regional groups donated items to the baskets.
Donors and gifts included: Aurora Public Library Foundation, books; Amazon delivery, Aurora, toys; Fannie May, Aurora, chocolates; New England Congregational Church, Aurora, artificial grass for baskets; It’s Fit Time and New Horizon Christian Fellowship, Aurora, Gummy Bears; Let me bee and New Horizon, soap bubbles; O’Donnell Elementary School Boy Scout Troop 4340, Aurora, Dragons; Christian Community Church, Aurora, Dragons; Rosary College Rotary Club, Aurora, Dragons; Grace Pointe Church, Aurora, chalk on the sidewalk; Aurora Area Interfaith 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 that probably happened 20 years ago. We revived it.” She stressed that the event was “sold out” in advance with registration at full capacity. A Christmas-themed event is being considered for December, according to Dunnigan.