Easter Came Early for Hundreds of Children in Need

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RENO, Nev. -- Easter came a little early for hundreds of children in need. Catholic Charities held their first-ever "Operation Easter Basket" pancake breakfast at the St. Vincent's dining room in downtown Reno Sunday morning.

About 300 children received Easter baskets and families were treated to breakfast and a morning full of activities, including arts and crafts, face painting, and time with Reno Aces mascot Archie.

Organizers say the community pulled together to make the event a success.

"We wouldn't be able to do this without all the people who have not only volunteered but also donated these baskets," said Auburn Harrison of Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada. "We got 300 baskets without really having to try that hard. We just put it out there and every time I turned around another one was ending up on our doorstep, so we can't thank the community enough."

Organizers hope to make it an annual event.