Today hundreds of families were anticipating a day of joy for children of the area with the annual Morrrisville -Yardley Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt.
The expected sights and sounds of children searching Williamson Park in the annual Egg Hunt was supposed to begin at 11 am.
The event, like so many others locally, was cancelled amid coronavirus concerns once state officials announced mitigation and social distancing policies to be implemented in Bucks County weeks ago.
Officials for the community-based program, however, came up with an idea on the fly that has brought smiles and a sense of gratitude to the area…and beyond.
The Egg Hunt which has historical significance in the Morrisville area has been taking place for well over 70 years has been quietly distributing candy and Easter eggs to families throughout the area.
Spokesperson for the Rotary Club, Mike Yager said that although cancelling the event was tough to do, the organization felt it was imperative to provide just a little normalcy for the kids amid the health concerns.
“The last thing we want is for one of the kids in the community to get sick” he said about the cancellation so members of the Morrrisville -Yardley Rotary Club brain stormed and came up with a plan he said.
Yager, who collected dozens of candy and egg donations for the Easter event, mobilized distribution of the goodies and provided curbside pickup and local delivery for families.
The Rotary Club put some basic protocols in place, Yager said.
Candy filled eggs were bagged and stored for a minimum of 7 days prior to pick up or delivery. This ensured there would be no surface contamination, according to details provided by the Center for Disease Control (3 days on plastics). Gloves were worn by all volunteers and they practiced a “no contact” delivery system, Yager said.
Community members picking up the Easter goodies have responded in kind by sharing their gratitude with Rotary Club officials.
Yager, who often distributed the Easter candies said “We expect to be back stronger than ever next year.”