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Watsonville Brings Virtual Easter Egg Hunt to Residents During Stay-At-Home Orders

Cities understand that in order to reduce the speed of virus transmission and “flatten the curve,” people need to stay inside, so they are finding ways to bring services to citizens while they are at home. Over the Easter holiday weekend, the City of Watsonville recognized the importance of finding a way to keep children entertained while physical distancing.
Since families were unable to gather Easter Sunday, the City of Watsonville brought Easter to residents. The city brought joy to families in their community through a virtual Easter egg hunt, which took place Easter morning. The Easter bunny, along with city employees, police officers, and McGruff the Crime Pup, the mascot for the Watsonville Police Activities League, visited 250 homes to deliver Easter eggs and smiles. Residents were asked to decorate their homes so that the Easter bunny knew where to visit. This not only delighted the children, it also brightened the streets of Watsonville with Easter decorations.  
Coresta Angelo, Watsonville Police Activities League executive director stated, “The houses that were visited were all very appreciative of the effort our city is taking to ensure our youth are still being thought of during this time.” 
The City of Watsonville found a creative and fun way to serve the community on this holiday, and helped ensure the safety and health of residents during the pandemic. 

This story was featured in the CA Cities Advocate Newsletter on April 15, 2020.
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