'The Easter Bunny and Friends' look to spread Easter cheer

With Lent under way and Easter quickly approaching, a group of residents from Elk Towers in St. Marys is looking to brighten the Easter season for residents at area nursing homes. The group, called The Easter Bunny and Friends, is comprised of Diane Groeger, who acts as Easter bunny and is president of the Residents' Association at Elk Towers; Kathy Oley, vice president of the Residents' Association; Judy Schaefer, secretary of the Residents' Association; Rosemary Gray; Bonnie Carnahan; Mary Hadden; and Mary Ann Mello. The idea came about last year after the group purchased an Easter bunny outfit for a dinner at Elk Towers and decided to also use it to spread cheer to others as well. "We thought as long as we have this Easter bunny outfit, why don't we give something back by going to the nursing homes and giving them little Easter gifts?" Groeger said. She noted that last year the group visited residents at Pinecrest, Elk Haven, Silver Creek, the Adult Day Care, and Ridgmont.