THE REAL EASTER BUNNY” TRADITION CELEBRATES 30th VISIT TO BRIGHTEN PATIENTS’ DAYS AT CHILDREN’S

April 05, 2012

This Friday will mark the 30th time Mesquite resident Evelyn Hamilton has brought the Easter Bunny to life at Children’s Medical Center Dallas (www.childrens.com). In those visits, she will have seen more than 7,000 patients, another 2,000 siblings and handed out more than 30,000 Easter baskets.

“I have always done events with children – from carnivals to clowns,” Hamilton explains. “In 1983, I called Children’s Medical Center to see if they had an Easter Bunny that visited patients. I’ve been doing it ever since. It’s been an honor to bring the spirit of Easter to these kids.”

The Easter Bunny will deliver age, gender and special needs baskets filled with goodies like bubbles, crayons and puzzles to patients at the hospital from 10-11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6. Each patient can have his or her picture taken with the Easter Bunny, too.

Each year, Hamilton recruits help from local churches, elementary schools and corporations to donate and assemble the Easter baskets. She has received 501(c)3 not-for-profit status as “The Real Easter Bunny” to continue to make life better for children at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

For 20 years, she has been assisted by her "Right Paw,” Becky Clewis. Accompanying Hamilton and Clewis for more than 15 years, and now wearing the bunny suit, is Jennifer Hammett, an assistant principal in the Mesquite school district.

“We feel the need to reach out to children who can’t help being sick,” Clewis said. “Sometimes, all they need is that extra measure of love, and I feel very blessed to be able to help give them that.”

The Child Life department at Children’s organizes special visits like the Easter Bunny visit so patients and their siblings have fun, entertaining experiences to look forward to during their hospital stays. 

“We always look forward to Evelyn’s visit,” said Renee Hunte, director of child life for Children’s Medical Center. “This event is so important to us and the kids. We’re forever grateful to Evelyn and her team, as this is their 30th Easter donation to Children’s Medical Center.  She truly brightens our patients’ day.”

About Children’s Medical Center

Children's Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit pediatric health-care provider, the fifth-largest in the country with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites.
Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. For more information about Children’s or how to give, please visit www.childrens.com.