May 13, 2021

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Communities keep traditions alive despite another pandemic Easter

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The Easter Bunny is hopping into town and while kids may not be able to give him hugs or sit on his lap for a photo again this year, they are finding creative ways to make memories.

Although this will mark the second year in a row we’ve had a socially distanced Easter, there is still a lot to celebrate and families are making the most of it.

The Salem Civic Center hosted a drive-thru photo opp. Corrie Prater, marketing director at the Salem Civic Center, said they wanted to bring a bit of normalcy back to the holiday.

“We are still in a pandemic, and little kids need as much excitement as they can,” Prater said. “It’s as much excitement for us as it is for them.”

In Franklin County, instead of their traditional gathering to see the Easter Bunny, they brought the Easter Bunny directly to kids. Marcia Cramblitt with Franklin County Parks and Recreation took 10 News journalists along for the door-to-door visits.

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“Typically, the Franklin County Parks and Recreations department hosts a big Easter egg hunt. Due to COVID this year, it’s just not safe to gather 2,000 people. This year’s event will be held in your own actual yard at your home,” Cramblitt said.

The Easter bunny stopped by homes to hide eggs and goodies for little ones to find in their own yards during the week leading up to Easter for families who pre-registered for the event.

Helping parents create that Easter magic at home, Macaroni Kids in Lynchburg put together DIY basket ideas and crafts to do with the family like an Easter Tree.

A new wave of vaccinations means many will be returning to worship services this weekend. It’s a turning point for many congregations. Churches are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity with social distancing in place.

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But many like Pembroke Christian church in Giles County, or Elevation Church in Roanoke will still broadcast their services online for those who may want to watch the service but are not yet ready to come back in person.

Pembroke Christian Church is among the many churches that have adapted to best suit the needs of their congregations. Pastor Reggie Britts has held services in their parking lot while members listen from the safety of their vehicle. In addition, some services are held in the church itself, and many are posted on its social media account.

Read how Roanoke Valley Churches are celebrating this year.

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