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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 4/4/2007 

 The Easter Bunny and Sheriff Judd to Visit Children in Local Hospitals 

In an effort to provide Easter cheer and encouragement to children in local hospitals, the Easter Bunny, with the help of Sheriff Grady Judd, will be making personal visits to children, handing out toys and coloring books this Friday, April 6, 2007. 

The visit schedule is:

· Winter Haven Hospital (200 Avenue F., N. E., Winter Haven) and Regency Women’s Medical Center (101 Ave O SE) from 8:30—9:45 a.m.

· Lakeland Regional Medical Center (1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd) 10:30—12:00 noon

· Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center (40100 U.S. Highway 27, Davenport) at 12:30—1:00  p.m.

This visit by The Easter Bunny is brought to you by The Easter Bunny Foundation (www.theeasterbunny.com) in partnership with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and area hospitals.  The Easter Bunny Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a personal visit and a toy from The Easter Bunny during the week of Easter to children in children’s hospitals and pediatric wards across the United States; to share with others the excitement and wonderment that only a personal visit with The Easter Bunny can bring; and to deliver a smile to all who we come in contact with. Pepsi Bottling Group is also a major sponsor of this worthy cause.

In 2006 the Easter Bunny hip-hopped to over 150 children’s hospitals or pediatric wards, thanks to 81 county sheriffs/county police departments, and visited over 8,750 hospitalized children.  

“I am really looking forward to helping The Easter Bunny visit children in our local hospitals. This is all about bringing a little fun and good cheer to these kids during a tough time in their lives. The Easter Bunny Foundation is a terrific organization—we are so grateful for their help,” says Sheriff Judd. The media are welcome to come and join in on the fun!