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Easter baskets being delivered to the St. Jude campus by supporter Jen Clark

Operation Bunny Hop

Jen Clark created a sweet surprise for St. Jude kids — a very special delivery of 550 Easter baskets — to share the springtime hoppy-ness. 

Jen Clark works about 100 hours each week as the owner of a specialty bakery in Cudahy, Wisc., but she still didn’t feel right about taking a vacation last year unless she combined it with a good deed. So she added a trip to Memphis, Tenn., onto her Easter vacation trip to Nashville — just to bring Easter baskets to the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Every kid needs an Easter basket,” Jen said. She and her daughter, Cortney, who also works at the bakery, drove nine hours to bring 80 Easter baskets to Memphis last year, filling an SUV. “We had baskets upon baskets upon baskets. My daughter held an Easter basket the entire way.”

Hopper, a gray, stuffed rabbit, is the mascot for what Jen calls Operation Bunny Hop, which has its own Facebook page.

Operation Bunny Hop expanded to about 550 baskets this year, because Jen saw many more than 80 children when she visited St. Jude last year. The hospital treats upwards of 277 patients a day, with most St. Jude patients treated as outpatients to preserve as much of a normal routine as possible.


When she visited St. Jude last year, Jen said, “It was way beyond what I expected.”

Because of the size of Operation Bunny Hop this year, the Easter baskets will be transported in a 26-foot moving truck by Jen’s son, Clay, who works for a moving company.

The owner of the company and his wife, Vern and Amanda Snyder, are traveling down with Clay, as well. Jen’s customers at Jen’s Sweet Treats are also providing donations for the basket wishlist that Jen developed with guidance from the hospital.

Every basket will include four items, such as new toys for younger children or earbuds for older ones, as well as individually wrapped candy stuffed inside plastic eggs.

When people hear the story of what is going on (at St. Jude), they are pretty receptive. These kids are going through a super-hard time, and people are very sympathetic to that.
Jen Clark


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