Local Community Outreach Program Gearing Up For Easter!
E BUNNY 2011
Celebrating 21 Years of Bringing Joy To Homeless & Underprivileged Children
It really takes a village to pull off the E BUNNY program every year. The private, volunteer outreach group has grown in 21 years, from delivering 25 baskets the first year to 2,750 baskets in 2009, and more than 1800 last year.
Baskets go to kids who can use them most. Beyond the neon glitz of the Strip, thousands of children live under impoverished circumstances, many homeless.... in temporary housing, under the most depressing conditions. The economic climate has only made things much more difficult for so many families struggling day to day to put food on the table for their children, and in many cases, keeping a roof over their heads.
"We get requests from shelters and groups that help the homeless every year," says coordinator and program founder Barbara Kenig. "We specifically look for groups and organizations that aren't sponsored by large charities or outreach programs; we look for those who otherwise wouldn't have Easter baskets for the kids. The meaning of Easter is so important to these families... the baskets bring a message of hope and renewal at a time when it's needed most."
Since 1990, E BUNNY has delivered thousands of baskets to children thanks to the generosity of local business and community support.
Last year, the following businesses donated baskets and/or volunteered services to see that homeless children in Las Vegas weren’t forgotten at Easter:
Opportunity Village - Project Enable, Nevada International Trade Crop (NITCO), Nevada State College - School of Nursing, Faith Community Lutheran Church & Schools, Wells Fargo Bank Community Outreach Team, MGM Hotel & Casino Special Events Team, Henderson Fire Benevolent Association, Phenomenal Women of Las Vegas, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Community Bank of Nevada, AOK - Acts of Kindness Club, Carver & Associates, Bally Technologies, Marsh USA, A Touch of Love, Halloween Mart (Bunny costume) Ty, Inc. and so many more.
Organizations that received baskets last year include the Las Vegas City Mission, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Straight From the Streets, Clark County Social Services, Lutheran Social Services, Nevada Social Services, Family Promise, Safe House, Heads Up and the LV Housing Authority. Additionally, E BUNNY volunteers and Straight From The Streets passed out baskets to children living in temporary shelter in the poorest pockets of the city the day before Easter.
We would like to encourage the community to make a difference in a child's life by holding basket drives, and donating Easter baskets before April 15th. Baskets are usually on retailer's shelves by February 20th, and typically range in price from $6 & up. Baskets can be purchased at any drugstore, supermarket, Walmart, Target or other retail store.
Easter is the season of hope and renewal. No matter what our religious beliefs may be, it’s a great time to put a smile on the face of a child, and be part of a community that cares for kids.
For further information on E BUNNY:
* visit the E BUNNY home page: http://communitylink.reviewjournal/lvrj/ebunny
* watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/user/PRPROLV#p/a/u/0/da3Qk1Dd0qo
* watch Lance Burton's PSA: http://www.youtube.com/user/PRPROLV#p/a/u/1/v5sbunZB4XI
* watch Rich Little's PSA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqYdYzL_os4&feature=email
* read the press release: http://www.prlog.org/11190914-bunny-gearing-up-to-bring-easter-joy-to-thousands-of-las-vegas-children-again-this-year.html