Hundreds of Easter baskets made by volunteer donated to Metro Cares for those in need

Denver home turned into Easter basket factory

DENVER - For many families struggling to make ends meet, Easter can be just another day. But 7Everyday Hero Liza Kirkpatrick made sure it was a special day.

Each spring, Liza turns her Denver home into an Easter basket assembly line.

"I think the first year I think we made 80 baskets. And then each year we have ratcheted it up a little bit and this year we're making 255," said Kirkpatrick.

The process consumes every corner of Kirkpatrick's house.

The family room gives way to Easter baskets and stuffed animals. The study becomes home to Easter eggs, toothpaste and children's books. The dining room overflows with candy. And the kitchen is where the baskets are topped off with a bow.

"I'm gonna cry, because it really fills me up in a way nothing else does," said Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick has organized this for 10-years. It is all to benefit Metro Caring, a non-profit that helps families combat hunger.

"What we're really trying to do is give people some food to get them by in the short term and also give them some tools and information so hopefully they won't need us in the future. So, families who come in for food will get an Easter basket this week," said Kyle Endres, Development and Communications Specialist, Metro Caring.

All those baskets are assembled and paid for by Kirkpatrick and her friends.

"Things like books and toys, things that are in the baskets, can be very difficult for low income families to afford," said Endres.

"Liza is just such a giving, giving person.  She doesn't have to be doing this.  This is just how Liza is. She is a very caring, giving person," said Susie Higginbottom, fellow Metro Caring volunteer.

Liza Kirkpatrick volunteers for Metro Caring year around, but the Easter basket project is her favorite endeavor.

"It fills me up in a way nothing else does," said Kirkpatrick.

To learn more about Metro Caring go to www.metrocaring.org

7NEWS anchor Mitch Jelniker has been featuring 7Everyday Heroes in our community every week since January 1999. Read more stories about 7Everyday Heroes in our community here. Follow Mitch on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

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