The Suffolk Sheriff’s Department made its final cease on this yr’s Easter Bunny path at Autumn Care nursing dwelling final week.
The Easter Bunny visited with residents, bringing them stuffed bunnies and even helping them in their very own Easter egg hunt.
This was the final cease on the Easter Bunny Trail, which started earlier in April and included stops at three different nursing properties in addition to the Sentara Obici Women’s Center.
The path started in 2016 as a part of the Easter Bunny Foundation, which was based in 1995. The basis offered sheriff’s departments with stuffed bunnies and Easter Bunny costumes in order that they may go to kids’s hospitals and nursing properties and hand out the bunnies to the residents.
The basis is now not lively, because the founder handed away earlier this yr, however the sheriff’s division nonetheless gathered up stuffed bunnies and their bunny costume and maintained the custom of bringing smiles to the faces of nursing dwelling residents.
“They love it. For a lot of the residents, the Easter Bunny is just as exciting to them as it is to children. They get to have fun with it and spend time with those of us at the sheriff’s office that get to visit,” mentioned Katie Jones, the group engagement coordinator on the sheriff’s workplace.
This is the primary time since 2019 that the sheriff’s employees might meet with the residents inside the ability. In 2020 and 2022, the Easter Bunny waved howdy to the residents from exterior of their home windows, however nonetheless left them presents to be handed out by employees.
“Everyone was just so excited, I think mostly because the doors were open again and we could actually visit with the people there that we’d not seen in three years,” mentioned Jones, “When you visit with the same people year after, you get to know them, so it was nice seeing everyone again.”