Easter Donations Aplenty in Fort Wayne (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Just in time for Easter, the Community Harvest Food Bank has received a massive supply of – you guessed it - eggs. The total donation is estimated to be roughly 73,000 eggs.

Due to their nutritional value, eggs are one of the most sought-after items by food banks. They provide a great source of protein which is something a number of people with dietary restrictions tend to lack.

Not only are eggs used for making breakfast, they also serve baking purposes among a number of other uses. But this time of year, these eggs can have a very fun use as well.

"You know, we're just so lucky to have them, especially this time of year when everybody is thinking about coloring eggs, and deviled eggs, and doing everything you can with an egg," says Jane Avery, Executive Director at Community Harvest Food Bank.

This movement is not just at a local level, though. This donation is a small part of the 9 million eggs being donated by US egg farmers across the country.

Maybe it’s the Easter spirit, but CHFB is not the only one in the giving mood today.

SCAN, or "Stop Child Abuse and Neglect" gathered all kinds of Easter baskets to be given to children in need. In all, seven area colleges helped collect the candy and toys that went into the nearly 1,500 baskets. While the recipients of these baskets are selected by their case workers, they are given to the children by their parents.

"It may seem like just a small thing to go and buy candy or a coloring book for a child's basket at this time of year,” says Jennifer Boen, Communications Manager at SCAN, “but for these children who really very rarely get gifts from a parent or from anyone, those are the children - they know which children are in greatest need of a gift like this.”

And there were plenty of baskets to be given away, including ones for baseball fans, or princesses, even some stuffed animals.

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