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Local church and small businesses help families celebrate Easter in quarantine

Posted at 4:05 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 23:01:30-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Despite the coronavirus pandemic the Kern County community is certainly keeping the spirit of Easter alive.

The Easter Bunny may be in quarantine this year but churches like Valley Baptist say they are moving extra Easter services online this year that will start bright and early at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

"Yea it's kind of a sunrise thing, we’re going to have some surprises with the camera pointing out at the sunrise at about that time ,” Valley Baptist Media Relations, Dave Kalhar said.

Additional Sunday services will take place on their website, and Youtube channel starting at 8 and 9:30 a.m. This Easter Sunday will also be streaming live on our 23ABC News Facebook page at 11 a.m.

Valley Baptist said viewership is up more than 70% since moving online.

They say they are getting creative in unifying the community this year, “We have asked our choir and orchestra members to record sections of a song from home.”

The team edited their choir team videos together to create one song the community can all sing along to from home so expect some fun surprises on Easter.

Small businesses like Tastries Bakery and other cookie shops are also saving Bakersfield parents like, Kelli Crispo the hassle of having to find things that resemble eggs around the house. “I know there is a local cookie bakery is selling kits to take home for the kids to decorate,” Crespo said.

The Bakersfield Police Department is also giving your family a reason to stay home and celebrate safely. The department started a buzz on social media with their Easter Egg Challenge where they ask community members to decorate BPD eggs on paper and then post them on their windows in their home. If an officer spot the eggs in the window while they are on patrol, they will snap a picture and post it on social media!