Easter Basket Distribution Thrives Despite Setback

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MADISON, Ohio -- Easter was almost ruined for hundreds of children in need who were expecting a basket filled with toys and candy this holiday.

"We don't turn anybody down.  If you are in need, we will be here to help ya," said Asa Cox of Asa's Angels.

For the fifth year, real estate agent Cox and the volunteers of Asa's Angels have put together hundreds of Easter baskets for less fortunate families.

The Salvation Army provides the "angels" with the names of families in need.

"I grew up in a very poor environment so I know how it is to struggle.  That's why I am here for all my families," Cox explained.

One by one, people went to Chapeldale Plaza in Madison to pick up their special personalized Easter baskets.

"She does a wonderful job, we are up here picking up four of them for our grandchildren who my daughter needs help with," said Debra Purkis of Madison.

"It's good that people (who) are less fortunate can have opportunities like this and it's appreciated very much," said Carol Powell of Geneva.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio received more than a hundred baskets filled with tasty treats, stuffed animals and toys to make the kids smile.

"There's a lot of children that will be really happy to get something extra at the holiday," said Carole Niebes of the Big Brothers and Sisters.

This year Asa's goal was to provide 1,000 baskets to less fortunate families in surrounding counties but there was a big setback.

Cox said earlier this month she noticed that eight tubs filled with Easter gifts that she stored at her real estate office were stolen.  The items were all earmarked for baskets for needy children.

"It's very wrong because it's going to people who can't afford to get stuff on their own," said Purkis.

With the help of the surrounding communities, Asa received tons of sweet and fluffy donations and was able to exceed her goal.

She's now providing close to 1,100 baskets to children in need this Easter.

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