By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF
UPPER SANDUSKY — There are a lot of “Good Eggs” working to make Easter brighter for children in need in Wyandot County.
Organized by the Upper Sandusky Rotary Club, the Good Eggs for Easter project was created to provide local children with a new holiday outfit.
“We have been doing the Good Egg project for 15-plus years,” said Dyanna Nolen, who was in charge of the project for Rotary until recently. “That’s a lot of Easter baskets.”
Alicia Hill with Westbrook Assisted Living is now heading up the program.
Families sign up through Wyandot County Job and Family Services for their children through the age of 14. Nolen said the program is open to any family living in Wyandot County. The deadline to register a child was March 6.
The public can “adopt a child” and donate an Easter basket by picking up a plastic egg at a participating business around Upper Sandusky. The egg, Nolen said, contains a child’s information, including their age and clothing size. The donor decides what goes into each basket.
“Some people decide to go all out, with a few toys or candies, alongside the outfit,” she said. “Some donors decide to just provide the needed outfit.”
And if donors don’t want to put a basket together, they can donate money instead. Rotarians make up these baskets and others that weren’t selected by community members.
Nolen said she’s unsure of the exact number of children who have been helped over the years, but the average number of youth outfitted each year is between 80 and 120.
Baskets are dropped off where the egg was selected and are retrieved and stored at Westbrook Assisted Living until pickup on Good Friday.
Families helped are typically thankful and happy to be able to provide their child with a basket and an outfit for Easter, said Nolen.
“Rotarians love the project,” she said. “We are always looking for ways to spread community awareness about Rotary, but also touch the lives of our community and the young people of our community.”
Participating locations around Upper Sandusky where eggs are available include Huntington National Bank, First Federal Bank, First Citizens National Bank, Edward Jones Investments, Becca House Coffee, Koehler Drug Co., Westbrook Assisted Living, Community First Bank and Quest Federal Credit Union.
Donations may be sent to the Upper Sandusky Rotary Club, P.O. Box 16, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.
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