Everybody loves a visit from the Easter Bunny, and for needy children around Adams County, such visits have been bringing joy and happiness for over a decade through the Easter Bunny Foundation.
The Easter Bunny Foundation, which was founded by Sam and Eleanor Meiner of Orlando, FL, is a non-profit organization that arranges for Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments to bring personal Easter Bunny visits to needy children in their local communities. The Foundation provides plush toy gifts and bunny suits to participating offices who then go through out their own communities in search of children in need of smiles and cheers around the Easter holiday. Since 2012, the Easter Bunny has been hopping along 33 different states, delivering smiles to 13,000 hospitalized children. There are currently 92 Sheriff’s Offices and four Police Departments that participate in the program, and Adams County is one of them.
“I go to children’s hospitals, pediatrics units and other places in the community to brighten up the day for a child and give them a stuffed animal,” explained Sheriff James Muller of Adams County. Muller has been portraying the Easter Bunny on such visits since 2006. Additionally, Muller has visited nursing homes, participated in foster programs and other causes. He is always seeking out new venues to hop along to.
Muller and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office lead various programs and events for children in and around Adams County. Some of these include the “Deputy Phil” Program, which brings ASCO personnel visits to Adams County schools in order to teach children about safety and strangers through puppet and magic shows; school and scouting club visits with Leggie, Adams County’s honorary K-9 force member; the Adams County Tech Prep, for preparing high school students interested in pursuing the Criminal Justice field, and much more. Sheriff Muller also sponsors newspaper donations for Education Classroom and the Wounded Warrior Project which has been offering traffic safety escort services to pedal powered riders who participate in this charity event on behalf of the nation’s wounded warriors.
With the programs the Adams County Sheriff’s Office puts out, the Easter Bunny Foundation is special because it is a way to help out needy children. As it is a non-profit, it depends on your help too. The Easter Bunny Foundation needs donations and support in order to keep hopping along each year. You can help by making contributions to the following address:
The Easter Bunny Foundation, c/o Sam and Eleanor Miener, 6319 Gibson Drive, Orlando, FL 32809.