Easter for Eli

Completed baskets are shown in the showroom of Thomas Chevrolet in Bedford. The auto dealer is the temporary warehouse for Easter for Eli, a project in which Eli’s father, Martin Garrett, is collecting baskets to brighten the hospital stays of other children during Easter.

The Easter for Eli organization that delivers baskets of gifts to children who are hospitalized over the Easter holiday is partnering with Thomas Chevrolet to collect as many baskets as possible by March 30.

Anyone who is making the baskets is asked to include a variety of fun and functional items, like small toys, socks, card games, art supplies, books, and Play-doh. The baskets need to be labeled for a boy or a girl, and with the best suited age group from newborn to age 17. Baskets for teenagers are in the most demand since they are the ones least likely to be donated, the organization said.

The gifts can include items the family — both parents and other siblings — may benefit from as well, like gas and restaurant gift cards. Food and candy cannot be included because of dietary restrictions and allergies often faced by patients. The baskets will be collected until March 30 at the dealership at 4003 Business Route 220.

Suggested items and age groups for baskets:

Ages 0-3: Toys, teethers, little blankets, hats, headbands, coloring books, crayons, washable markers, blocks, and socks

Ages 4-5: Coloring books, crayons, notebooks, markers, blankets, slippers, socks, puzzles, figurines, card games, dry erase board w/markers, and Play-doh

Ages 9-12: Word search puzzles, books, magazines, jewelry kits, art supplies, puzzles, blanket, socks, slippers, and hats

Ages 14-17: Puzzle books, crossword puzzles, deck of cards, card games, books, art supplies, notebooks, small board games, hand-held games, blanket, socks, and slippers

For more information, contact Stacy Bollman at Thomas Chevrolet at sbollman@buythomas.com or at 814-623-8131, ext. 2041 For more information on the Easter for Eli organization, visit their Facebook page, or at easterforeli@aol.com.

Contact Elizabeth Coyle at ecoyle@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 105.

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