BELPRE - Dozens of children enjoyed breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday at the Belpre Heights United Methodist Church.
"This is our busiest Breakfast with the Bunny since we started," said the Rev. Rod Brower.
In the first hour, about 30 children and their parents had spoken to the Easter Bunny, prepared entries to win a new large television and enjoyed a full breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage and pancakes with coffee or juice.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Zakia Holliday, 2, of Belpre sits on the lap of the Easter Bunny on Saturday morning at the Belpre Heights United Methodist Church, 720 Clement Ave., for its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Hannah Greathouse, 6, of Vincent smears butter on her pancakes Saturday morning at the Belpre Heights United Methodist Church for the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
Zakia Holliday, 2, of Belpre tries to prepare her own entry to win a large television on Saturday morning at the Belpre Heights United Methodist Church.
Church member Penny Hall said the annual breakfast began about seven years ago as a community outreach event, and has done its job well.
"We thought this would be a good way to get out in the community and let people know we are here while also offering a way for parents and kids to sit down and have a meal together and connect," Hall said. "We also figured that there are a number of children in our community who might not have a good breakfast on the weekends and this is a way for them to have a good meal when they otherwise might not."
Along with the meal, the free breakfast allowed each child the chance to talk to the Easter Bunny and every person who attended the event was given a small gift before they left. This year's gift was a small bag of jelly beans with a tag of the "Jelly Bean Prayer," which assigns a meaning to each color of jelly bean.
At A Glance
* Dozens of children enjoyed breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday at the Belpre Heights United Methodist Church.
* The church, 720 Clement Ave., hosted the breakfast for more than a half dozen years. Eggs, pancakes and sausage were served, the Easter Bunny visited and gifts were taken home.
* The Breakfast began as a way to reach out to the community and make sure children receive a good breakfast on a Saturday morning.
"We just want to give people something to enjoy later, after they get home and are able to relax," Brower said.
Saturday's event was one of two breakfasts the church holds for the community each year.
"We also do a Breakfast with Santa in early December, which is even busier than the Easter breakfast," said Brower. "Our goal is to be a member of the community and let them know we are here and happy to be part of their lives."
While the church's Easter event is finished for the year, there are a number of other events planned to aid the community, said Brower.
The Belpre Heights United Methodist Church will next host its second annual Dog Days of May on May 31. This event will include informational booths and demonstrations by area humane societies and the Washington County Dog Warden as well as low-cost vaccinations and microchips for dogs and cats who attend with their owners.