The Recorder – Instead of an egg hunt, the Easter bunny hands out candy in Leiden

Posted: 04/04/2021 15:46:16 PM

LEYDEN – Katie Sadler drove to Leyden United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, where the Easter Bunny was waiting to greet her and her family.

“Thank you for doing this,” Sadler, a resident of Erving, told the Easter Bunny.

In the backseat, her daughters, Janessa, 9, and Annika, 6, opened their plastic Easter eggs to see what treats they had received.

“It’s good,” Sadler said.

Saturday’s Easter Drive-Thru, hosted by the Leyden United Methodist Church and the Leyden Rifle Club, took place in place of a traditional Easter egg hunt, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Classes.

“We didn’t do anything last year, so we thought we would try something this year,” said Emily Herron-Clark, church member organizing the event. The suggestion for a drive-thru format came from the Board of Health, she said.

The Leyden Rifle Club contributed $ 100 towards the purchase of Easter eggs and candy. With that money, Herron-Clark said the volunteers were able to assemble 230 bags of candy.

“We also had quite a few people who donated,” she said.

Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., residents of Leiden and elsewhere in the county drove to the church, where the Easter Bunny offered bags full of plastic Easter eggs containing candy. People have also stopped by to donate plastic Easter egg bags to use in future Easter egg hunts.

Nick Dupre and his family drove from Greenfield on Saturday for the Easter activity.

“It’s Easter,” said Dupré. “They wanted to see the Easter Bunny.”

Mary Byrne can be reached at or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

Alicia R. Rucker