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Surprise Easter Deliveries to Community

Published: April 23, 2020

Local funeral directors from Pipkin Braswell Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Center showed up on doorsteps of homes and churches in the community in the spirit of Easter with baskets filled with a full meal for families in the community

“Hunger is not seasonal and we wanted to give help to families in need, when they may have been forgotten.” said Mark Pipkin.

Click on image above to view video and see community reactions to surprise deliveries.

Basket deliveries were made at several local churches and were well received. Pipkin Braswell also adopted a new tagline to better communicate their mission and philosophy, “Supporting each other for a stronger tomorrow.”

“We are all active in our individual churches and Pipkin Braswell has always given baskets to families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year we decided to help more families by delivering meals for Easter. Once we thought of this idea, the entire staff worked to pull it all together,” added Alvin Braswell. “I bought all the food, another staff member called churches and asked if we could donate, several of us worked to fill the baskets. It took a lot of work from everyone.”

As he accepted one of the baskets from Alvin Braswell, Superintendent Wayne McDonald of Odom Memorial C.O.G.I.C. stated, “Bless you for thinking of our families. We know they will be thankful to not have to buy a meal for their table this holiday.”

“It’s not every day staff from a funeral home comes calling on your doorstep, with a smile and an Easter Basket,” said Marion Boston of Pipkin Braswell.

“It’s nice to get out into the community and give back to the families we serve.”

“The whole thing blew me away,” stated Tonya Hawkins a new employee that assists families with planning in advance. “I would never think I would be delivering Easter baskets when I started working here, but it didn’t surprise me they pulled together and got them out in the community. They are so passionate about the community and helping people, it’s just another part of how they love people.”

Giving the baskets to churches and families around the community was just one of many ways the staff gives back to the families they serve. Many members on staff are active church members and dedicated to helping others.

Poverty facts about Colorado:

  • 11.2% of people in Colorado live in poverty. ( 
  • 13% of Colorado children live in poverty. ( 
  • 1 in 7 households in Colorado are food insecure, or food insecure with hunger (USDA – 2011)

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