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Easter potluck planned

March 21, 2018
By ERIC DeVAUX ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

To show more community support, a local Facebook group that has gained popularity in Lehigh Acres is hosting an Easter event.

The Pay It Forward Lehigh Acres (P.I.F.L.A) Facebook group, along with other businesses and groups, will host its third annual Easter Potluck at Veterans Park on Sunday, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The potluck also includes the festive easter egg hunt as they have done in the past.

"We had a huge turnout last year," P.IF.L.A member Monica Popaduke said. "There was probably at least 100 children and their families."

Their expectations are high for this year.

"We expect this one to be even bigger," Popaduke said.

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Businesses around Lehigh are giving a helping hand.

'We have a lot of local businesses donating their time and resources to the event," Popaduke said.

Prizes can be won at the raffle and, for children, at the egg hunt.

"Everybody is asked to bring a covered dish," Popaduke said.

Plumbing to Perfection will be there to take free photos and they will also bring the Easter Bunny for these photos.

"The kids absolutely loved it (last year)," Popaduke said.

Popaduke thinks that this event is a great community builder.

"The community had a really great time," Popaduke said. "It's a wonderful play to get people together that normally wouldn't know each other. Get them out with their families away from electronics."

P.I.F.A is gaining members every day from their community involvement.

"We focus the page on helping the community," Popaduke said. "If somebody needs something, they're welcomed to post it on the page. If somebody has access to it or is not using, they're also welcomed to post those things for free. There is no money to be exchanged at all on the page."

Post-Irma, P.I.F.L.A grew a lot.

"People needed so many services whether it was recouping food, clothing down to repairs on their house," Popaduke said.

Popaduke thinks that getting businesses together for an event like this is a good thing for the community.

"It's very helpful, very important. It helps show people to help out these local family-owned businesses. It helps make the community grow and stronger."



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