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By Michael J. Billoni
When Megan Shores learned the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping the Easter Bunny away from his usual Grand Island indoor retail stops for the second straight holiday, she became concerned for her two children and others on Grand Island that COVID was now about to take away another Easter tradition.
Megan met with her mother, Kimberly Shores, and since they had a “contact” with the Easter Bunny, they arranged for a drive-thru Easter celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the DeGlopper Memorial at Baseline Road and Grand Island Boulevard. COVID-19 restrictions of face masks and social distancing will be enforced. They will offer in-car photos with the Easter Bunny or kids can hop out for a quick photo while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.
A suggested donation of $5 per vehicle will go to the DeGlopper Memorial fund, along with donations from a raffle for a 3-foot milk chocolate rabbit. The chocolate is being donated by Megan’s father, Chris Shores of 1815 Love Road Properties, and tickets are being sold at one for $2; six for $10 and 15 for $20. They can be purchased at Certified Autobrokers, 1693 Grand Island Blvd., or via cash app $MeganShores2020 or Venmo @Megan-Shores-Todaro. They will also be available at the drive-thru. The Easter Bunny will pick the winning ticket at 2 p.m.
Selecting the DeGlopper Memorial as the recipient of funds was an easy choice for Megan and her family. A few years ago her brother, Christopher II, died unexpectedly from a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. They worked with Dan Drexelius of Double D Construction and the DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee to plant a memorial tree her parents purchased to recognize their son and members of the military.
“We are proud and honored they allowed us to donate a tree and plaque in memory of Christopher on the site that is honoring the past, present and future members of the U.S. military, and we felt this was a great way to give back to our community and to make the Easter Bunny available for the children of Grand Island,” Megan Shores said.