Has someone taken a bite out of your chocolate Easter Bunny?

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Have you lost a bite out of your chocolate Easter bunny? 

My grand kids think that after church the Easter Bunny will have slipped into the house and dropped off baskets for them.  We turned the tables this year, somewhtat.

We made them help us deliver Easter baskets.  Friday night my wife along with the grand kids put together Easter baskets for needy families.  Small little baskets for the kids and a grocery bag for the families Easter dinner. 

We worked on this for three weeks.  We called local churches and asked for names of the neediest families.  Once we explained what we were doing they had no problem providing us with names.  We then sat down with allbasket the grand kids and put the names on a sheet with what little information we had.  We then discussed which families we felt we could make the best Easter for with our gifts.

This became a very serious thing for the kids.  They talked even argued on behalf of people they didn't know!  So yesterday was our delivery day.  We could only help 50 families this year.  It took us all day to deliver our packages and bags of groceries.

Each family received a 10 lb ham, 5 lbs. of potato's, jar gravy (low fat) canned corn, rolls, cranberry sauce.

chocolate bunnyThe kids each received a small Easter basket with a chocolate bunny, jelly beans, marshmallow eggs and a big smile from the grand kids as they were being handed the basket.

Some people cried, some people hugged us...some didn't know what to say....others offered us to join them on Easter.  It was one of our best Easter's as a family...we are talking of doing it every year!

The best part is my grand kids learned a real lesson....people are people no matter where or how they live.   

This morning they are still talking about the experience as they opened their own Easter baskets.

Happy Easter Everyone. 

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Cynthia Bartch
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Well Gary, I think your grandchildren are fortunate to have such a great role model and Grand Rapids is lucky to have a caring real estate agent!
Mar 23, 2008 09:45 AM #1
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Steve Hoffacker
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Gary, what a fantastic idea! I know it was fun for you do this, but the joy you brought to those families! Happy Easter!
Mar 23, 2008 09:47 AM #2
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Cynthia, my issue was very simple...the kids needed to be exposed to what other people lives are like.  This was very helpful and they actually enjoyed it because we made them part of the process.  Their parents were a bit concerned because of the neighborhoods but that was not an issue.  When we introduced ourselves and told them that the Church said they might appreciate our grand kids gifts they were fine.

Thanks for the nice words Cynthia...have a great Easter Sunday.

Mar 23, 2008 09:53 AM #3
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Steve, they were very appreciative and surprised because this usually only happens at Christmas to families...but Easter is a perfect reason to do it too.  Thanks for your comments Steve.
Mar 23, 2008 09:55 AM #4
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Marchel Peterson
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GARY, what a blessing you bestowed not only on the people getting the baskets but more importantly on those grandkids that gave the baskets.  I am sure this is something they will always Remember.  I hope you have a wonderful EASTER.
Mar 23, 2008 01:23 PM #5
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Hi Marchel, it was fun for all of us and the people were very appreciative.  This helped the kids see two sides of the coin.  Thanks for the comments Marchel..have a great Easter too.

Mar 23, 2008 03:11 PM #6
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Robert L. Brown
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Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Michigan
That sounds like a wonderful thing to do for people less fortunate then yourself. It absolutely made there day. I tip my hat to you.
Mar 23, 2008 06:04 PM #7
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Hi Mr. Brown...I don't usually say to much when we do things like this...but the kids just had so much fun.  It was my Saturday venture.  That's why I wasn't around much.  Thanks for the comments.
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