Easter Cheer Spreads to Kids at St. Luke's Hospital

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By Jay Knoll

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - On Sunday, the Easter Bunny, McGruff “the Crime Dog”, and Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner visited pediatric patients at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with The Easter Bunny Foundation, an Orlando, Florida-based non-profit organization, and other sheriff’s offices throughout the nation in hopes of bringing an enjoyable Easter to hospitalized children.

In addition to personal visits from the Easter Bunny and McGruff “the Crime Dog”, the hospitalized children will also receive a new plush toy, a coloring book, and crayons.

“It's our hope that we can bring some additional happiness to boys and girls who might otherwise be experiencing a not-so-pleasant time away from family and friends this Easter holiday” said Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.

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