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Easter salvaged by Sanford volunteers

Posted April 22, 2011

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— Volunteers combined a giving spirit and donated candy to assemble Easter baskets Friday for children affected by last Saturday's storms.

When tornadoes and severe thunderstorms swept through Sanford, they left destruction at dozens of homes and businesses, including the Big Lots at 3000 S. Horner Blvd. But the baskets, candy, toys and gifts waiting inside the store won't go to waste. Managers donated two truck loads of goodies Friday to Project Easter Basket.

Volunteer Jenny Cox gave her time to ensure the Easter Bunny finds children on Sunday, even if they can't be at home. "They lost everything, so the biggest thing for us is to try to get these things out there to parents to make sure their kids have their Easter," she said.

easter baskets Easter baskets filled with candy from Sanford store

By Friday afternoon, Project Easter Basket was no longer accepting donations. They had enough treats to pack thousands of baskets. Families can register requests for baskets on the group's Facebook page.

In Fayetteville, police officers and volunteers will deliver donated Easter baskets to children in the storm zone. 

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  • uncfan89 Apr 25, 2011

    Just so you know RB-004isme, the Walmart has donated my husband saw them bring in several pallets of water and gateraide to one of the local churches that is helping the storm victims. So you may want to back off on some of your assumptions.

  • Joani P. Apr 22, 2011

    Living in Sanford I can tell you that these people are all amazing.... how they have all reached out to help one another I'm proud to say Sanford is home!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 22, 2011

    I'm going to remember this act of charity by Big Lots with my patronage, and I'm going to remember that Walmart and Kmart didn't lose a thing, and didn't do a thing for those who had either.

  • juliemom2 Apr 22, 2011

    Thanks WRAL for coming to Sanford and sharing our stories.