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Factory Connection donates Easter baskets, food items to families in need

Not every family can afford to have the Easter Bunny visit their house this upcoming Sunday, so members of the community decided to pitch in this season to help some of these families out.

Factory Connection continued its service to the community Thursday with a donation of Easter baskets and other food items through Cap the Gap for Foster Care.

Manager Kathy Sherer said the baskets and food items are going to three families, whose information they got from the Department of Child Services.

“They are going to two families in Carter County and one in Greene County,” Sherer said.

She said Nancy Berry, a sales associate at the store, was responsible for most of the fund-raiser and left with Cap the Gap President Joni Cannon that afternoon to drive to Greeneville.

“This is amazing,” Cannon said of the large donation. “We do not exist without the support of this community.”

Among the items the store received were Easter eggs, candy and coloring books for the baskets themselves. Sherer said they also received a whole ham for each family and many sacks of potatoes. Each family also received a Food City gift card.

“We wanted to help families in need have a great Easter,” Berry said.

Sherer said Berry put a lot of work into this particular fundraiser, called “Baskets of Blessings.”

“A lot of children struggle around the holidays,” she said. “We have been collecting supplies for about three weeks.”

Several organizations donated supplies and money towards the fund-raiser as well, including Chick-fil-A and a Factory Connection in Greeneville.

Cannon said those who want to make donations of their own can do so by mailing to their P.O. Box: 1334 in Elizabethton, TN 37644.

They also have a Facebook page and a website at www.capthegaptn.org.

“When there is a need, we want to rise to the occasion,” Sherer said. “Personally, it inspires me. I have more faith in mankind.”

As for future donations, Cannon said they will accept “whatever the child needs,” Cannon said.

“It is nice to see people coming together,” Sherer said. “We want to be more involved in the community.”