NYC Stuff Brings Santa, Easter Bunny, and Bagels Right to Your Door
STATEN ISLAND, NY – During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Jennifer Miller, 37, a volunteer teacher at Staten Island Zoo, West Brighton, wanted to find a way to bring holiday cheer to the many children locked in the inside their house.
After watching his nephew – who was about to turn 3 at the height of the pandemic – miss out on holiday events, Miller came up with the idea for a business that allows personal visits from the Easter Bunny and friends. ‘Ol ‘Saint Nick.
“I wanted to create a way for families to enjoy the magic and joy of the holiday season,” said Miller, who once dressed up as the Easter Bunny at the zoo for special events. “We knew the usual sightings of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny in malls and various events would be so different in 2020, so I created a way to bring these holiday characters into family homes safely. “
The Dongan Hills resident immediately began putting her energy into creating a unique experience for families with young children. And she added a twist that she knew would resonate with New Yorkers: bagels.
“I started coordinating visits from holiday characters, such as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, to Staten Island. We believe we have the cutest Easter Bunny around. Over time, I I was inspired to find a way to allow families to still have the standard holiday character visits, but with a new twist,” Miller said.
That’s when she came up with the idea to officially launch “Holiday Helpings”, which allows Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny to bring a fresh bagel breakfast right to a family’s doorstep.
“It was a great way to combine the need for food delivery during the pandemic with a special sighting of Santa Claus during the pandemic in 2020,” Miller said. “At the time, I couldn’t think of a better way to brighten the spirits of children and adults alike than by asking the ‘big guy’ to surprise them outside their door with breakfast. Plus, it wasn’t just for toddlers – someone’s grandmother even had a visit from Santa Claus.
EASTER BUNNY TOURS
While Holiday Helpings has had great success during the pandemic, Miller said she has received strong demand from customers for visits to continue. For this reason, she said she had come up with special events for the 2022 Easter season.
“We are so excited for our upcoming Easter celebrations. As always, our Easter Bunny will be visiting homes across Staten Island on weekend mornings with his bagel deliveries,” Miller said. “The kids are so excited when they hear the doorbell, open the front door and the Easter Bunny is there to greet them.”
And no visit from the Easter Bunny would be complete without an egg hunt.
“Holiday Helpings Easter Bunny also likes to hold Easter Egg Hunts. Our packages include an in-person Easter Bunny Egg Hunt where the bunny sets the course in front or back and then leads the kids on the hunt for all of his eggs. He has many surprises along the way and loves watching youngsters being surprised by all his clever hiding spots,” Miller said.
There are also Easter morning events that parents can prepare for their children.
“The Bunny has also set aside time in the early hours of Easter morning to hold surprise egg hunts for families to find when they wake up. The children will begin their search for the eggs and find the bunny paw prints in front of their house. It is also possible to email a digital photo of the Easter bunny in front of the house to show the children,” she said. “Plus, on Easter Sunday, the Easter Bunny will make quick stops for outdoor family photos.”
OTHER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
In addition to Easter and Christmas, Miller also offers custom six-foot aerial dancers, which can be rented for special occasions.
“Air dancers are the dancing tube men you usually see at car washes,” Miller said. “I created custom announcements, and now we have rentals for baby announcements [It’s a Boy, It’s a Girl]Dad #1, Congratulations Graduate! [he even has his own graduation cap] and happy birthday.”
Miller said she was just happy to be able to create personal vacation experiences.
“I’m so proud to have started a business to bring festivity and excitement to holidays and special events. There’s no need for large-scale events or waiting in lines – a personalized and intimate experience has a bigger impact,” she said.
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
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