Phoenix Rescue Mission getting kids ready for Easter

- Volunteers have been packing Easter baskets for weeks.

Easter Baskets  are going to kids in low-income families, who Phoenix Rescue Mission's Gail Engstrom says may not have been able to celebrate otherwise.

"Some of them have to choose between paying their rent and providing Easter baskets, and sometimes, it's a choice between paying rent and putting food on the table," she said. "So this is an opportunity for us to help them out, especially in a time that's so special like Easter."

It's all part of the mission's holiday event that's been going on for over a decade. Activities are all set up to put smiles on hundreds of faces during a time that, for many, can be especially difficult.

"It's a time for kids to be kids again," Engstrom said. "We have an egg hunt, bouncy houses and a cake walk."

But, it can't happen without your help.

About 20 volunteers are still needed for Saturday's event and although the mission already has 650 baskets ready to go, they still need hundreds more to reach their target of 1,000.

"The families are so grateful," Engstrom said. "They thank us over and over every year."

The goal is to help as many families during the Easter holiday as possible.

A goal they've reached every year with lots of help from the community.

For more information on the event, click here.


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