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In addition to preparing for Spring Break, prom, and the upcoming lake season, Putnam County resident and Gatewood School junior, Jayden Daniel, is keeping busy helping others in his community. Sparked by his passion for helping others, Jayden founded the Lake Area Easter Basket Project, also known as ‘Baskets of Hope’, an organization that delivers Easter baskets to local youth in the foster care system. Much like the Easter season represents a time of renewed hope and rejuvenated spirit, the Lake Area Easter Basket Project was created to bring joy through the power of a simple gift to children living in difficult circumstances.

Funded primarily through the donations of individuals and church groups, the Lake Area Easter Basket Project has distributed over 1,600 baskets across 12 counties since its startup in 2020, including Putnam, Baldwin, Jones, Morgan, and Jasper Counties. Baskets are tailored to meet various age groups and may contain a range of items such as candy, toys, books, socks, jewelry, and more.

You can follow Jayden’s journey as Logistics Coordinator on the Lake Area Easter Basket Project Facebook page.  Shortly after the project concludes its fourth Easter season, Jayden will join over 100 future leaders in Washington D.C. in June to represent Tri-County EMC on the Washington Youth Tour. 

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