The Easter Bunny has made it to Kansas—Ashland Kansas to be exact. A very special delivery was made just in time for Easter for those affected by the Kansas wildland fires. Gifts in the form of Easter egg baskets put together in Lusk under the direction of Donna Hanson were delivered in hopes to help the community as recovery continues, “I think those of us that worked on the baskets just wanted to help those so affected by the fire to know we were thinking of them to hopefully receive some type of inspiration from what we sent” says Hanson.
Fifteen baskets in total made the trip along with two coolers that will go to the 4H kids in Meade County in charge of feeding bum calves. The Ashland Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday will be the hub for where the baskets will be distributed. “Each basket had either $100 in cash or $100 in gift cards, we had a lot of wonderful items donated besides the money.....we had potholders, inspirational signs, lip balm, a lot of items from UNKERS, a type of salve manufactured in Upton, vegetable and flower seeds, coasters, dish clothes, bandanas, candy, [and] each basket had a pillow case, note cards, handmade lotion, homemade jam, wooden angels and crosses, American flag magnets, inspirational book marks plus more. I think the signs that Jennifer Kottwitz and Savanna Simmons made said so much” states Hanson.
Per the flood locals experienced in 2015, Niobrara County citizens are not unfamiliar to understanding what kindness from strangers in such times really means, “When I talked to the lady at the Extension Office that will be distributing the baskets she asked if I wanted them to just go to the fire victims [and] I told her I felt everyone in their county was actually a victim. She told me that is how she felt and it was such a true statement…everyone in one way or another had been affected by the fires. I think all of us just wanted to pay it forward helping people”.
Caption: “I think the signs that Jennifer Kottwitz and Savanna Simmons made said so much” states Hanson.
Photo: Courtesy from Donna Hanson