Communities find new ways to help kids celebrate Easter amid COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 10:49:04-04

DENVER-- Near empty is not the look Hampden Heights Park should have the Saturday before Easter.

"Traditionally, we have an annual Easter egg hunt," Rachel Cornelius said.

"It's pretty big. It's usually about 3,000 eggs that we hide, and we have probably 100 families come out," Jenna Becker added.

It's one of young Charlotte Becker's favorite events.

"You collect eggs, and there are toys and candy inside of them," Charlotte said.

But obviously, they can't this year.

"Because of the coronavirus," Charlotte said.

Communities find new ways to help kids celebrate Easter

So instead, a plan was hatched.

"It was pretty tricky. It wasn't my idea," Jenna said.

With a little patience:

"They're very excited they been up since early morning, and they got their masks made and dressed up in and are ready to roll," Jenna said.

No baskets. No eggs. Something socially distant.

The Easter Bunny made the rounds, rolling up in something a little different.

"He has a cool car," Charlotte said.

"I did know that the Easter bunny ride in style to see it in that form is pretty awesome," Cornelius said.

Shannon Schliep is the driving force behind the drive-by bunny.

"We were just trying to figure out a way we can spread some Easter cheer, and this was it," she said.

Just don't expect the bunny mobile to hop through the fields.

"I don't know about that. We're not trying to push it here," Schliep added.

"We knew that they were coming, so we ran out down here. It was just almost like seeing Santa on Christmas. It was just as fun," Cornelius said.

So despite everything, the kids could still celebrate.

"Wanted them to know that just that the Easter Bunny is safe and well, and he can't catch coronavirus," Cornelius said.

"I'm happy. I'm really excited to do this and see the Easter Bunny and to make this special for them in the midst of everything else that's going on," Jenna Becker added.

A socially distant Easter that still brought the community together.