The Easter Bunny is an essential service and will still remain in sight for children in Crofton Sunday despite the limitations of COVID-19.
Setting up at 7987 York Ave. next to the Crofton Elementary School, the Easter Bunny will be there to see everyone’s smiling faces from their car windows on a drive-by from 10 a.m. to noon. The time period was extended to two hours due to the huge response to the initial scheduled posting.
Children have to remain in the car or wave from afar, but the Easter Bunny is anxious to see everyone.
“Of course, we have to keep our social distancing,” said Chris Cahill, who pulled some strings to make sure this appearance by the Easter Bunny still happened.
“It’s a nice positive thing with the Easter Bunny.”
The Easter Bunny will later be heading up to Ladysmith for another chance for families to drive by or pull into the driveway to say hello at 317 Roberts Street from 2-4 p.m.
The Cahill family also had something to do with that. Ladysmith resident Brittany Cahill sent a letter to the Easter Bunny asking if he could come to visit the children of Ladysmith.
“I explained in my letter how difficult it has been for the boys and girls to not be able to go to school, visit their friends, or play at the park. I told the Easter Bunny how well the kids have all done with social distancing. I know there are many kids that are sad about not being able to go around to do Easter egg hunts,” Cahill said.
Father-in-law Keith Cahill will be arranging transport for the Easter Bunny, as he does each year for the Easter function at the Crofton Mill. That function was cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
The Easter Bunny won’t be able to hand out Easter eggs or colouring sheets to the children this year, but waves, smiles, honks and big hellos will make him happy, and he may even do a little dance.
The Ladysmith Chronicle obtained a special message from the Easter Bunny for the children.
“To all the girls and boys, the Easter Bunny wants you to know he’s thinking of you all. We need to keep our distance, but I still want to see your smiling faces. Be kind, stay safe, wash your paws, and eat your vegetables.”
– with a file from Cole Schisler, Ladysmith Chronicle.