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Anne Willson and her two sons, Ammon, 2 (on her lap) and Stephen, 3, listen as DeAnna Braggs, Directorate of Community Activities, reads an Easter tale at the Darmstadt library on Tuesday.

Anne Willson and her two sons, Ammon, 2 (on her lap) and Stephen, 3, listen as DeAnna Braggs, Directorate of Community Activities, reads an Easter tale at the Darmstadt library on Tuesday. (Jessica Iñigo / S&S)

Anne Willson and her two sons, Ammon, 2 (on her lap) and Stephen, 3, listen as DeAnna Braggs, Directorate of Community Activities, reads an Easter tale at the Darmstadt library on Tuesday.

Anne Willson and her two sons, Ammon, 2 (on her lap) and Stephen, 3, listen as DeAnna Braggs, Directorate of Community Activities, reads an Easter tale at the Darmstadt library on Tuesday. (Jessica Iñigo / S&S)

The Easter Bunny visited the children of the Darmstadt and Babenhausen, Germany, communities a little early this year, but still promised toys and candy on the big day.

The Easter Bunny hopped into the Darmstadt community Tuesday with offerings of punch and cookies, then scurried over to Babenhausen on Thursday, with more treats for the children. Easter tales were read, and there were opportunities for pictures.

For some, it was the first time meeting with the big guy.

Tristan, 4 months, visited the Easter Bunny with his mother, Pfc. Brianne Casey, at the Cambrai-Fritsch Caserne library in Darmstadt.

Though Tristan’s so young, Casey said, he will still get an Easter basket, complete with a big chocolate bunny. “The bunny will be for me,” she said.

For the Caseys, this year’s Easter celebration will have to go on without Daddy, who is deployed to Iraq.

“There will be plenty more in the future for him to enjoy with us,” Casey said.

Many of the kids were not so sure about the fluffy giant rabbit, but were much more content hovering around the array of sweets.

Marybelle Armejo, 1, clung to her mother, Spc. Dara Xaivong, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 22nd Signal Battalion, during her picture opportunity. Though the Easter Bunny may deliver soft, chewy treats on Easter, Marybelle wasn’t waiting to see what other tricks this bunny might have up his sleeves.

Many military communities will sponsor Easter egg hunts during the Easter weekend. Call your local Child and Youth Development Services for more information.


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