Help from Hope: The Easter Bunny’s version of Santa’s elves

We were just in The Junction at Hope Lutheran Church/School working on a followup to this weekend’s announcement of a joint operating agreement between Hope and neighboring Seattle Lutheran High School (more on that later), as well as touring Hope’s almost-finished expansion work, and happened onto this group in the church basement, assembling about 150 Easter baskets. Hope’s Human Care Ministries leader Mary Anne DeVry explained that they go to local seniors and also to new local arrivals including immigrant families working with a Lutheran program assisting refugees. The baskets contain treats and a few practical-but-fun items too, from scarves to stuffed animals. Mary Anne says the project started about a decade ago when someone offered the church a carload of discarded, empty Easter baskets and said “can you do something with them?” The answer – “we’ll figure something out.” Now, it’s a tradition. (Reminder, as mentioned yesterday, we’re collecting info now from all over West Seattle for our Easter services/brunch/egg hunts lists – – thanks!)

1 Reply to "Help from Hope: The Easter Bunny's version of Santa's elves"

  • andrea March 30, 2009 (2:10 pm)

    Mary Anne is my mom (yeah mom!!), and she has worked tirelessly through the Human Care Ministries at Hope for the last 10+ years, to ensure that no one is forgotten throughout the holiday seasons and also throughout the year. The work and time that she and everyone else involved in Human Care puts forth is enormous, and I know it very much appreciated by all those that they touch and help.

    p.s. they are always looking for donations of food, clothing, and furniture and volunteers to help out in any way.

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