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Mesa mom creates virtual Easter egg hunt during COVID-19 crisis

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, countless churches are holding Easter services online and Easter egg hunts have turned into a drive-thru.

MESA, Ariz. — An East Valley mom of three is thinking outside the box this Easter weekend. 

She created something fun for families in the neighborhood to enjoy, while still practicing social distancing as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across Arizona.

“Everything that has gatherings of what more than 10 or something are all canceled,” said Mesa mom and business owner Tiffany Phelan.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, countless churches are holding Easter services online, Easter egg hunts have turned into drive-thrus and Easter bunny photos are going virtual.

“It’s hard for parents because parents are probably used to getting their kids out, and it’s definitely hard for my children,” she said. “They’re kind of sick of being in the house all the time.”

So, Tiffany decided to get creative.

“I have about 200 caregivers that take care of seniors, so we’ve been working like overtime,” said Phelan. “We were making 200 Easter egg baskets and while I was looking at the Easter eggs, I realized that every egg has these little holes on it, from probably the mold… and I was like oh, we could string those up and decorate with Easter eggs.”

Tiffany and her kids designed a virtual Easter egg hunt.

“For the parents who are taking their kids for a walk in the neighborhood,” she said.

The unique idea is giving people in the community the opportunity to hunt for eggs with safety in mind during the pandemic.

“All the eggs are hung, and they’re not set down, because it’s rattlesnake season too,” she said. “Everything is really far apart... doesn’t have any play equipment of anything where parents would have to lure their children away from the play equipment that they’re not supposed to be on.”

Tiffany hopes families in the neighborhood enjoy this virtual Easter egg hunt, just as much as the real thing. 

“Since the world has slowed quite a bit, I’d really hope that we kind of slow Easter down, and Easter is all April long,” said Phelan.

By the way, Tiffany didn't fill the eggs with any treats on purpose, to ensure they're not attracting any unexpected wildlife.

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