Open Forum: ‘Egg-static’

Posted: April 29, 2013

March 28 started an “egg-strordinary” week for the Easter Bunny Foundation and the Winchester Sheriff’s Office. After waiting almost a whole year and making preparation for our visits, the 7-foot-tall Easter Bunny got to make his rounds.

We met so many special people at both the Winchester Medical Center and the Inova Alexandria Hospital.

As in the past, Tanya Armstrong, from the Winchester Medical Center, along with the pediatric staff, helped the Easter Bunny with the visits to the pediatric unit and everywhere else the Bunny can travel. Ms. Armstrong gives us a count as to how many children may be sick or injured, so we can have enough stuffed bunnies for the children and even any siblings who may be in there visiting. Tanya is the best.

Nothing is more rewarding than to see the smiles and “egg-citement” that parents and children have for the Easter Bunny visits. We met some very special children at our medical center, and some really special staff. They went above and beyond.

Since the first Bunny visits years ago, numerous corporate sponsors have embraced the idea the Big Bunny promoted, but with the economy taking a large hit, those sponsors have cut back considerably.

Locally, The Bank of Clarke County, United Bank, City National Bank, and BB&T stepped up and sold Easter Bunnies to customers and employees to benefit the Easter Bunny Foundation. Thanks also to the Kiwanis Club of Winchester. The Easter Bunny Foundation will use these funds to cover necessities and costs for this year and help with ordering for next year.

It’s amazing what this big fluffy Easter Bunny can do to brighten the lives of so many people both young and old. The smiles and hugs make it all worthwhile.

The Easter Bunny also made visits to the Fremont Street Nursery and Winchester Day Nursery to spread a few smiles and cheer.

Thank you to all who helped make the 2013 visit of the Easter Bunny a special one in our area.

Lenny Millholland is sheriff of the City of Winchester,