Easter Bunny visits

Friday, March 15, 2013

By Karen Hall

Staff Writer

"We do it for the children," said Lions Club Secretary Sherry Sorrells, who was one of the hosts for a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny held last weekend at the Lions Club building in Cornersville.

It's also a fundraiser for Lions Club community projects like vision screenings for all Marshall County kindergarteners.

"We like to get our community together a couple of times a year," said incoming Lions Club President Pam Murfree. Other Lions Club events are Halloween in the Park and Breakfast with Santa. "We like to stay connected with the community."

The man who "hopped all the way from bunny land" in his rented costume was James Weldon, who has been appearing as Santa for 10 or 12 years, but was making his debut as the Easter Bunny.

"It's great," Weldon said. "I love it. I wouldn't have it any other way. It always was my dream to work with kids."

A few of the children were frightened of the funny-looking man-size bunny, but most were glad to shake his paw, climb on his knee and pose for pictures taken by delighted parents and grandparents.

When he's not Santa or the Easter Bunny, Weldon works at Cosmolab, as he's done for 20 years. He has no plans to retire right now.

"I can't sit at the house," Weldon said. His wife, Mary, is at home how. She was a custodian at Cornersville Elementary School, but retired this year.

"I don't charge," he said. "I'm not out there for the money." He will accept breakfast, however, and since he doesn't care for pancakes, the Lions make sure to have some biscuits on hand.

As Santa, Weldon has even made housecalls. He was asked to visit a bedridden little boy who was born with heart problems.

"It was heartbreaking to see that little fellow," Weldon said. "But he had a good time."