Port Lincoln parent shares Easter baskets

A Port Lincoln mother took on the role of "Easter Bunny" recently, creating more than 30 baskets of goodies for families ahead of the Easter long weekend.

Johanna Park created about 37 Easter baskets which were handed out to local families who were struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The baskets contain treats including Easter eggs and chocolates, pencils, puzzles and either a soft toy or a book.

Mrs Park said she remembered when the community showed its kindness for her parents when they lost their home in the Duck Ponds bushfire last November and if she had the chance to pay back that kindness she would.

That chance arose when her children asked a question involving the Easter Bunny.

"I have five-year-old twins who said 'what if the Easter Bunny can't come because of the virus?, and I thought about what if the Easter Bunny can't come because mum and dad were doing it tough," she said.

"I thought 'let's help mum and dad out and put a smile on kids' faces."

First creating seven baskets out of her own pocket a post of gratitude online spurred Mrs Park to create more with some local support.

Kmart, Drakes and Woolworths in Port Lincoln provided goods to help create about 30 more baskets which have been given out to more local families.

Mrs Park said originally put a request out a couple weeks ago but there were not many takers.

She said it all changed as when she asked for nominations "it all went off", showing when Port Lincoln locals were given the opportunity to help people out they would take it.

"Everyone knows somebody who is struggling at the moment," she said.

"We all want to help each other out."

Mrs Park said this activity had gained some attention outside Port Lincoln with a Whyalla resident asking for tips to run something similar.

This story Port Lincoln parent shares Easter joy first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.