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Seniors prepare hundreds of Easter baskets

 

You can tell that Easter is on the horizon when you visit the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center these days because of the 371 Easter baskets prepared for children in the area. Prices start as low as $5. The baskets are prepared by the Thrift Shop and workers recruited by Kerry Noggles, Thrift Shop manager. - Roger S. Lucas photo

Monday was a busy day at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center.

That was the day that Easter baskets went on sale.

The place was filled with 371 Easter baskets, and accordingly, people.

Workers started putting the baskets together last Friday, and finally finished Sunday afternoon.

The baskets are colorful, wrapped in various colors of see-through material, with soft animals, candy, coloring books and a wide variety of items that capture the attention of children.

This year's total of 371 baskets, while a lot, doesn't measure up to the 2016 total of over 400 baskets.

Hardly had the doors opened up when the crowd started coming. The Easter basket program at the Senior Center is one of its most popular events.

The baskets are made possible through donations gathered throughout the year. The Lions Club and Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union are both large donors to the program.

This year, if all the baskets sell, it will net the Senior Center about $3,900.

People who purchase Easter baskets quite often return the baskets so they can be used another time.

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