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Instead of egg hunt, Easter Bunny passes out candy in Leyden

LEYDEN — Katie Sadler drove up to the Leyden United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, where the Easter Bunny waited to greet her and her family.“Thank you for doing this,” Sadler, an Erving resident, said to the Easter Bunny.In the back seat,.

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Published: 4/4/2021 3:46:16 PM

LEYDEN — Katie Sadler drove up to the Leyden United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, where the Easter Bunny waited to greet her and her family.

“Thank you for doing this,” Sadler, an Erving resident, said to the Easter Bunny.

In the back seat, her daughters, Janessa, 9, and Annika, 6, opened their plastic Easter eggs to see what treats they had received.

“This is nice,” Sadler said.

Saturday’s Easter Drive-Thru, hosted by the Leyden United Methodist Church and Leyden Rifle Club, was held in lieu of a traditional Easter egg hunt, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We didn’t do anything last year, so we thought we’d try something this year,” said Emily Herron-Clark, a church member organizing the event. The suggestion for a drive-thru format came from the Board of Health, she said.

The Leyden Rifle Club contributed $100 toward the purchase of Easter eggs and candy. With that money, Herron-Clark said volunteers were able to put together 230 bags of candy.

“We had quite a few people donate as well,” she said.

Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., people from Leyden and elsewhere in the county drove up to the church, where the Easter Bunny offered bags filled with plastic Easter eggs containing candy. People also stopped by to donate bags of plastic Easter eggs for use in future Easter eggs hunts.

Nick Dupre and his family drove from Greenfield on Saturday for the Easter activity.

“It’s Easter,” Dupre said. “They wanted to see the Easter Bunny.”

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

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