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Bunny, bikers bring Easter joy to local church food pantry

IRONTON — Easter bunnies are not an uncommon sight this time of year. They peek from yard signs and storefronts and holiday displays.

But the one spotted in Ironton Saturday afternoon was definitely not your run-of-the-mill cottontail. It was straddling a Harley.

The Bunny, along with members of two motorcycle clubs, The Outlaws and Brothers of the Wheel, brought Easter baskets to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry. The visit was also sponsored by Boomer’s restaurant and American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE).

“This is what we do,” Theresa Knipp, of Ironton, explained. “We love doing charity. Everyone has Christmas runs but no one thinks of Easter.”

Colleen Massey, director of the food pantry, said she was happy to get the baskets.

They will be given to needy children whose families visit the food pantry this week.

“We can always use donations, food and money,” Massey said.

Massey said 400 families visit the food pantry each month.

Such items as laundry detergent and toilet paper are always useful as well all nonperishable food items.

Those who want to donate may call the church at 532-1196. The food pantry is open 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The church is located at 101 N. Fifth St.

The motorcycle clubs, Boomers and ABATE are also sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the restaurant at 1123 S. Third St. The hunt is for children ages 7 and under.