Update: The official count was 293 baskets!
Now in its third official year, parents and kids gathered at Trinity Church in Menlo Park to build Easter baskets for underprivileged kids. The 215 (and counting) extremely well-stock baskets are headed to Haven House in Menlo Park, Redwood Family Shelter and St. Francis Center Food Bank in Redwood City, and the Family Crossroads Shelter in Day City. Included in each basket is a plush animal, art supplies, books, Easter novelty games, plastic eggs filled with candy, and, of course, the obligatory chocolate bunny.
“This is great, because it’s so well organized, thanks to Holly,” said one parent busy stuffing a basket. Trinity parishioner Holly Tambling originated the idea in her own home four years ago and expanded it to include the larger church community in 2009.
As for the kids, the big attraction seemed to be wheeling the assembled baskets into the room where they will be stored until delivered.