needy children

Baskets of smiles

William Gnade, a second-grader at Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe, looked for items to place into an Alleluia Basket. This year, 3,000 baskets will be given to children in need, with more than 600 volunteers helping pack the baskets.

Olivia Boettcher carefully picked out items for an Easter basket: two small stuffed animals, a Hello Kitty coloring book, crayons, a Julius Jr. First Step to Reading book, bubbles, a puzzle with a scene from the movie "Frozen," Play-Doh and lip gloss.

"It's really fun to do this, and I think it's nice to give stuff to other people who need it," said Olivia, a second-grader at the school.

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