St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Milton was hopping with activity this month. Church members and friends assembled more than 250 colorful Easter baskets, filling them with toys, treats, and love.

The baskets will be distributed by various church organizations and food pantries to those in need of such gifts. Several Easter baskets will be delivered through a Jefferson food pantry and area churches, while others will go to children in Newark and Atlantic City.

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church members and friends assembled more than 250 colorful Easter baskets, filling them with toys, treats, and love. (Photo courtesy of Annette Varela)
St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church members and friends assembled more than 250 colorful Easter baskets, filling them with toys, treats, and love. (Photo courtesy of Annette Varela)

The project at St. Gabriel’s was organized by Annette Varela, who initiated it many years ago with her mother, Victoria. The idea was inspired by Father Benedict Groeschel, a Catholic Franciscan friar. In the beginning, church members created 25 baskets. Over the years, the endeavor has expanded more than tenfold.

The “little church with the big heart” has made many children happy through the Easter basket project, said Varela. “We want to thank all those who came out to help us make it a big success.”

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