Our newest project: ‘Cate’s Kids Easter Baskets’

Screen shot 2014-03-07 at 4.30.39 PMUpdate from Len Leonidas: “I will need the supplies for the Easter baskets by March 27.    On April 2 (Wednesday) my Tiger Cub den will meet and will put the items together.   My Tiger Den has 5 boys in it and I was thinking that we could comfortably put together up to 12 baskets (therefore at least 12 of each item would be needed) … Recycling any baskets that you may have would do. …  I intend to bring the baskets to Circles of Mercy on April 3. “

At last night’s SRC Rotary Club meeting, guest speaker Richard Zazycki discussed a variety of projects his organization, Circles of Mercy, conducts each year.

One that quickly caught our interest was something called the “Cate’s Kids Easter Basket Project.”

Len Leonidas volunteered to get his Cubs involved and agreed to coordinate our involvement. We’re grateful for that since supporting Circles of Mercy is, as you know, our club’s Rotary Year 3rd Quarter goal.

We’re on a tight turnaround schedule, so we need to get working on the project right away. Baskets are to be turned in at Circles of Mercy in Rensselaer no later than Monday, April 14.

This year, Easter is April 20, thus the need to turn in completed baskets in time to allow Circles to distribute them.

Given how energetic and generous our membership is, I have no doubts we’ll come through on this project as we do in so many others.

Here’s what we’ll need:

  • woven baskets (number to be determined)
  • plastic “grass” to line the baskets
  • shrink-wrap cellophane to cover the baskets

Our club treasury is sufficiently stocked to be able to buy those items. However, we are asking members to fill the baskets by contributing some of the following items suggested by Circles:

  • traditional holiday candies
  • coloring books
  • crayons
  • color pencils
  • facial tissues
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • dental floss
  • hair combs and brushes
  • age-appropriate (1 to 12 yrs. old) small stuffed animals
  • toys
  • children’s books

Last year more than 150 requests for baskets were filled. The number our club creates will depend on how many items members contribute. We will let it up to Len to set an in-house deadline for contributions so he can allow his Cubs time to assemble the baskets and meet the April 14 deadline.

Through this e-mail, we are asking Len to let the membership know ASAP what that date will be.

This promises to be an enjoyable undertaking that is but one more step in increasing our service to a somewhat expanded area of influence. Thank you in advance for your efforts.

— Bill Dowd


Some of us already have contributed clothing, household linens, etc., to Catherine’s Closet, a very visible part of Circles of Mercy. If you haven’t yet done so, please make a point of dropping off such gifts no  later than March 31 at the clothing shop, 11 Washington Street, Rensselaer, just off Routes 9 & 20.


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