The Easter Bunny looked cool in a pair of round rimmed sunglasses — the only feature exposing a human in the head-to-toe furry costume, complete with ears that kept flopping over its face.
“Easter bunny, are you hot?” a girl with twisted pigtails asked, her brow furrowed with curiosity.
The bunny smiled and shook its head, to which the girl seemed satisfied enough. Her attention was then captured by the baby ducks in the nearby pond, while the cool creature continued to amble — er, hop — along its way at the Palestine Health Care Center.
Against a backdrop of sunshine, Motown music and smoke from the grill, the bunny was there to bring smiles to the faces of seniors at the center during their outdoor Easter-themed cookout celebration, held Friday morning on the grounds.
The bunny, played by Vickie Williams, made its way through the lawn hugging, smiling and dancing with the residents — while friends and family followed suit, playing outdoor games and enjoying lunch with their loved ones.
Diane Davis, marketing coordinator for Palestine Health Care, said the holiday cookout was organized just as a fun event for the residents.
To assist with activities, a group of Girl Scouts from local Troop 1417 also were present during the cookout.
Troop leader Theresa Taylor said the girls, like Williams, were there to help out and just spread some joy to the residents.
“They're helping with the games, and patients playing the games,” she said. “I like when the patients see the kids and it puts a smile on their face, because the residents don't see a lot of children.”
One Girl Scout had a bag overflowing with multicolored plastic eggs, which was about to be distributed. As she said it, a second Girl Scout ran up to retrieve the goods. Apparently, some egg hunting was about to begin.