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Caring Bunny to visit two local malls

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Taking children to see the Easter bunny can be a hassle at the malls -- the lines, the noise, the bright lights and parents with special-needs children have a much harder time with this situation. On Sunday, the Caring Bunny will be at Mall of Georgia and Gwinnett Place Mall to accommodate those with sensory, physical and other developmental needs.

The idea came together as a joint effort with The Noerr Programs, the digital imaging company that provides the Bunny Photo Experience for malls nationwide and AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. It was such a success, they expanded the event across the U.S. and into Gwinnett.

"We had an overwhelming response to the launch of Caring Bunny and Caring Santa last year. As a result, we are thrilled to expand this program to 52 malls," said Sheryl Young, CEO of AbilityPath.org. "Holding the event before the mall opens to the public helps provide a calmer, sensory-friendly environment."

The companies work carefully to accommodate the children and their needs, which make the malls thrilled to be a part of the event.

"We are honored to host the Caring Bunny Experience," said Carol Cox, director of marketing and business development for Mall of Georgia. "Guests will listen to social stories that explain and anticipate the actions involved during their Bunny visit, then engage in coloring and other activities while they wait for their number to be called for their magical visit."

The Caring Bunny is present from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday at both locations. Reservations are requested. To save your spot, visit www.abilitypath.org.

The Mall of Georgia is located at 3333 Buford Drive in Buford and Gwinnett Place Mall is at 2100 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.