I got a note from Julie Ann Caris at Lapeer Gold & Diamond that it's time for Jelly-Beans & Smiles. In the last five Easter’s, over 3,500 Completed Easter Baskets were donated to the children of Lapeer.The mssion of the, “Jelly-Beans & Smiles” program is to provide Easter baskets to the less fortunate children in our community.

Spread the joy of the spring season by donating an assembled Easter basket, or any Easter related item. The goal is to distribute 200 Easter baskets to the children in Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, Lapeer Area Citizens against Domestic Abuse (LACADA), Lapeer Family Literacy Center, Stone Soup, and Lapeer Habitat for Humanity.

Because of the volume of baskets they've been distributing each year, their asking for donations of completed baskets only. Julie Ann is sad to admit this, but because of your generosity, assembling them has become too monumental.

Please drop off your completed donations no later than March 27th at Lapeer Gold and Diamond at 814 South Main.