The COVID-19 pandemic has turned many traditions topsy-turvy, but the Easter celebration at Mercy St. Francis Hospital won’t be ”dropped” this year.
“Every year, the Easter Bunny hides thousands of eggs on our lawn,” said Cindy Weatherford, administrator of Mercy St. Francis Hospital. “It’s a tradition we love and can’t wait to bring back. But, our bunny friend told us he wants to make sure everyone stays socially distanced, so he’s getting creative.”
Families are encouraged to participate in an “egg drop” this year – meaning they will drop by the hospital parking lot in their cars and receive bags of Easter eggs and goodies for their children. As always, kids are divided into age groups: ages 1 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12. One lucky child in each age group will find a gold coin and win a new bicycle!
“The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce partners with us each year for the egg hunt, and none of us wanted to cancel the event,” Weatherford said. “We hope this is a fun alternative as kids hunt through their bags for goodies and the possibility of rolling away with some new wheels.”
The event is set for Tuesday, March 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cars should enter at the Y Highway entrance to the hospital, which is located at 100 W. Highway 60. The event will be held rain or shine.