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HIPPITY HOP: Children enjoy Easter fun at downtown event
A girl enjoys adding items to a basket during the Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop, sponsored by the Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club. The club’s fifth annual Easter Basket Workshop was held Saturday. - photo by Susan Thacker

Children could fill baskets with trinkets and goodies, decorate eggs and pose for photos with the Easter Bunny when the Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club held its annual Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop, Saturday at the Rosewood Activity Center.

Inside the activity center, children could create their own Easter baskets and enjoy coloring and other fun activities. Outside, under the awning at 16th and Main, there was chalk art and bubble blowing.

This was the Aktion Club’s fifth annual Easter Basket Workshop, held for the first time at the Rosewood building. It was originally held at the Great Bend Public Library and there was no workshop in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, volunteers wore masks, directed the traffic flow to promote social distancing, and offered hand sanitizer.

A suggested $5 donation at the door helped cover the cost of materials and helped support the Rosewood Miracle Aktion Club, a local service club. Aktion Club is an offshoot of the local Kiwanis Club and bills itself as the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 10,000 members worldwide.

The club is also wrapping up its annual blanket drive as a way to help children in need. Rosewood Miracle Workers are accepting new blankets, quilts and homemade blankets until Wednesday, March 31. They are also accepting monetary donations to purchase additional blankets. The blankets will be delivered to the Family Crisis Center and the Barton County Health Department.

All donated blankets and monetary donations can be delivered during regular business hours to one of two locations in downtown Great Bend: Rosewood Furniture Gallery, 1607 Main; or Rosewood Bargain Barn, 1215 Main.