Easter Drive-Thru Brings Cheer To Kids, Families In West Dallas

Nearly 200 children and parents were gifted with goodie bags and the opportunity to meet the Easter bunny through the Buckner Family Hope Center.

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- And Easter weekend, of course, here. And a local nonprofit found a pretty creative way to celebrate the holiday. Our Rachael O'Neil today gives us a look at the event today.

RACHAEL O'NEIL: Easter baskets, Teddy Bears, and eggs filled with candy were all a part of Buckner Family Hope Center's Easter drive-through celebration for the children of West Dallas. The socially distant celebration took place at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy. Nearly 200 preregistered children and parents were gifted Teddy bears, a goody bag, and the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny.

Another organization, Mercy Street, provided families with meals to bring home after the drive-through ended. Keri Pettis, the director for the Buckner Family Hope Center says before the pandemic, more than 1,000 people participated in the event. Although things are a bit different, she hopes the message that's sent is unity.

KERI PETTIS: I hope it makes them smile. I hope it gives them something to look forward to. We've also asked our families to decorate their cars, and in hopes that they'll do that as a family to bond and find ways to communicate in the midst of things that are so uncertain.

RACHAEL O'NEIL: The Buckner Family Hope Center is already planning future events, including Mother's and Father's Day weekend. For more information, you can visit cbsdfw.com.

In Dallas, Rachael O'Neil, CBS 11 News.