University students make Easter brighter

  • By C.R. Nelson
    For the Observer-Reporter
March 29, 2013
Waynesburg University sophomore Theresa Butler, left, helps Kriston Schemeley pick out baskets for her children at the Salvation Army headquarters on First Street, Waynesburg. - C.R. Nelson / For the Observer-Reporter Order a Print

WAYNESBURG – The hunt for the Easter Bunny ended this year, as it has for three years running, at Waynesburg University, where students don their fuzzy ears and get hopping to fill baskets for Greene County kids.

“We did 170 baskets this year and got them out to organizations in the community to distribute,” Student Activities director Pat Bristor said. “Easter Buddies is our spring service project. We provide the baskets and students fill them.”

This year, Student Activities board members, members of the Student Senate, the criminal justice department, Habitat for Humanity clubs, cheerleaders, students in the music and art department and on-campus houses and anyone else with an urge to serve got into the act, purchasing goodies, games, huggable bunnies and coloring books for the baskets, then wrapping them in cellophane and bringing them to Bristor’s office for delivery.

Inside each basket was the sweetest donation of all, a chocolate rabbit, compliments of Sarris Candy of Canonsburg.

“The first year we delivered directly to the children but now we take them to people and organizations in the county and let them pass them out,” Bristor explained. Some go to the county’s Children and Youth department and Head Start, some to East Franklin School Intermediate Unit, the Open Door Christian School, Cathy Carpenter’s ministry in West Waynesburg and the Salvation Army.

“I’m on the Student Activities board,” sophomore Theresa Butler said, smiling brightly in the chilly sunshine of an “it doesn’t feel like spring will ever get here!” day. She was delivering the last two baskets of the season to Sister Audrey Quinn at Salvation Army’s headquarters on First Street, Waynesburg, then staying to help Kriston Schemeley pick out girl and boy baskets for her children.

Parents had been stopping by all week and by Friday the baskets would be gone. But for now they filled a table with color and the promise of something sweet and something new to play with that any kid can enjoy, even if it does rain on Easter.



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