The Easter Bunny is getting a little help with egg delivery this year from the Lake Shore Foundation and members of the Lake Shore High School National Honor Society.
On Easter Eve, volunteers will deliver more than 5,000 eggs filled with candy and holiday trinkets to lawns in St. Clair Shores and surrounding communities. Eggs can be ordered in increments of 12, 25, 50 or 100 and Lake Shore Foundation volunteers will hide them at the address listed. On Easter morning, the children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has come.
“We held the Egg My Yard event last year for the first time because of the pandemic,” said Lake Shore Foundation President Jack Dick. “Not being able to hold our usual events inside the school has really hurt our fundraising.”
When Egg My Yard first launched last year, no one expected it to be so popular.
“I put it online and within 48 hours we had to take it down because we had already sold 5,000 eggs,” Dick said. “I think I got 85 phone calls in the first two hours it was posted. This year we bought more eggs and we are currently at around 5,000. Our target is to deliver 7,000 eggs.
Roy O’Brien Ford is an event sponsor and purchased all of the eggs to be filled and delivered this year. Lake Shore Foundation volunteers and members of the Lake Shore High School National Honor Society come together to fill and bag all the eggs and label them with the correct delivery address.
“We go out on Easter Eve with a group of volunteers and everyone does 10 or 15 houses,” Dick said. “We even had a church this year that bought 200 eggs for their Easter morning egg hunt. Last year we had two people pay us to find families in the school district who weren’t going to have Easter so we could deliver eggs to them and we’re going to do that again this year too.
The Lake Shore Foundation was established in 1986 as a nonprofit organization for Lake Shore public schools. The Foundation awards grants each year to help teachers buy things for their classrooms that the school district cannot afford.
“We bought printers, bees and a beehive, an incubator with baby ducks, drawing tables; it’s a long list,” said Dick, who served as the Foundation’s president for 10 years. “We try to provide things that support education at all levels of the school district.”
Last year, the Egg My Yard fundraiser raised over $2,500 and is expected to raise even more this year. Dick estimates there are enough eggs to accommodate another 25 houses on top of the orders already placed.
“We try to make it enjoyable,” Dick said. “As a rule, we like to hide eggs in front yards, but if someone has a different request, we’ll try to accommodate them. We had one person this year who asked for the eggs to be placed as if the Easter Bunny had knocked them out of his basket, so that’s not a problem. The eggs are stuffed and ready to go!
Eggs are $15 for 12; $25 for 25; $35 for 50; and $50 for 100 and can be delivered within five miles of 12 Mile Road and Harper Avenue. The delivery area includes St. Clair Shores, northern Grosse Pointe and parts of Roseville and Harrison Township. Eggs can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/2022eggs. For more information, visit the Lake Shore Foundation Facebook page or email [email protected]
“It’s something that came out of the pandemic that’s really cool,” Dick said. “We really struggled to find things we could do after we couldn’t do our charity poker rooms or our charity basketball game because of COVID. But it’s fun and people seem to really like it, so it’s going to be a permanent fundraiser for us now.