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West Hartford Neighborhood Makes Easter Memories for Families in Need

'Make a Memory' Easter baskets lined up and ready to be donated. Courtesy photo

West Hartford neighbors made their own memories, and lots of other memories will be made when families receive the Easter baskets created by the Meadowbrook Road residents.

The Hoisl’s living room is packed with donated Easter baskets. Courtesy photo

Submitted by Andrea Hoisl

This Easter children and families in the Hartford area will be pleasantly surprised to receive an Easter basket filled with lots of goodies and fun!

The Meadowbrook Road neighborhood in West Hartford started the “Make a Memory Easter Basket Project” – and made and donated 82 Easter baskets to children and families in need this year.

The project began as a way to fill the void of the annual Meadowbrook Road Easter Egg Hunt – which had been going on for over 20 years on Good Friday. The project offered families the opportunity to do something “special” this Easter, in spite of the lingering COVID restrictions.

As soon as the project was announced to the neighbors via a flyer, the support starting rolling in. Numerous calls, emails and texts about the Easer basket project let the Hoisl Family know that it was going to be a big success.

By March 23, the deadline date, the Hoisl’s living room was filled with baskets of all shapes and sizes. The baskets were absolutely beautiful and the time/effort everyone put into each one of them was definitely noticeable.

Grandparents made baskets with their grandchildren, parents made baskets with their children, and couples and singles enjoyed making the baskets for an unsuspecting child/family.

People of all ages and religions participated in the project. Even a few neighbors who have moved off of Meadowbrook Road participated because they are still considered Meadowbrook Road neighbors. The street hopes to make the project an annual event in conjunction with the Easter egg hunt.

The baskets were picked up by overjoyed representatives from the Catholic Worker in Hartford. They had hoped for 30-40 baskets and were blessed with 82. What an Easter Blessing!

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A van is packed with Easter baskets donated by Meadowbrook Road residents to Catholic Worker. Courtesy photo

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