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Published 4/14/2020
3:56pm

Spirits Are Hoppin' Amid Virus Closure Thanks to Theresa Kay

Though Closed by Executive Order, Easter Bunny Stops By Time for Flowers to Raise Spirits and Shows Love to Frontline Workers

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Theresa Kay's Time for Flowers/Facebook

The Easter Bunny made a visit to downtown Corunna on Saturday to bring smiles to passersby and to show love to frontline workers amidst the Coronavirus crisis.

Theresa Kay Pickler is the owner of Theresa Kay's Time for Flowers. Her shop is one of the many places impacted by the Governor's Executive Order that closed non-essential businesses.
 
"I am florist and normally I am able to lift spirits and encourage smiles through my floral arrangements," Pickler told Corunna Now. Though her business was forced to close temporarily, she said "I feel it is of the utmost importance to support one another through this crisis and to do what I can to lift the spirits of all."

So the Easter Bunny (Pickler) spent hours on Saturday waving to those that drove by the storefront located on Shiawassee Street in downtown Corunna.

Theresa Kay has been the Easter Bunny in Corunna for many years, she said. This year's annual hunt was postponed -- maybe cancelled -- so the Easter Bunny decided to hop on downtown with a sign that reads "We support all Frontline workers!"

The sign references essential employees that are going to work everyday despite the COVID-19 risk, all for the health, safety and well-being of others.

"Frontline workers are giving all of themselves to sustain/save us and children everywhere are missing their normal activities. I just felt that wearing the suit and holding the sign would impact all who saw me," she said. "I am beyond grateful for all the workers who continue to show up every single day so that all of us can live."

Pickler went on to say "I am a business owner and I am scared but I am not angry over the Governor’s order. I am scared for my small business and all small businesses but I am more scared for our lives; for all lives. The lives of everyone in this community, this state, this country, and quite frankly, our entire world are much more important than my small business. I need, very much, to show my gratitude to everyone that is doing their best to protect me and everyone else in this world."

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Update 4/12/2020

Governor Whitmer is defending Thursday's stay-at-home extension and expansion despite criticism over what some believe are unnecessary restrictions and inconsistent requirements. The order remains in place until April 30th.

Two people were hospitalized after a reported stabbing and attempted theft after a crash along I-94.  When authorities arrived they discovered the suspect had stabbed someone and was trying to steal a semi trailer.

Shiawassee County has reported its first COVID-related death; a man in his 30s who had underlying health conditions.  The county has now topped 50 positive cases after a cluster was discovered at Durand Senior Care & Rehab that includes both employees and residents.

Bebe Winans is recovering from COVID-19, he revealed last week.  He said his mother and brother are also among those diagnosed with the disease.  Winans said he got the virus when he flew to Detroit to attend a funeral.

Grand Rapids Symphony and Symphony Chorus presented an online performance of the Hallelujah Chorus to celebrate the Easter holiday.  "Hallelujah for Hope: From Our Homes to yours" can be found on the group's Facebook and YouTube pages.

32 Jackson area Pastors read portions of John Chapter 20.  The readings were compiled into a single video that demonstrates togetherness, even in a time such as this.

Flint Community Schools meal distribution has moved to two days each week.  The district said students would receive the same number of meals, but meals would need to be picked up according to the new schedule.

Two feet of snow is expected in some parts of the Upper Peninsula as a late season storm pushes through the state early this week.  Meanwhile, Michigan's lower peninsula is preparing for high winds that could result in power outages.