by Hal Gray
GREENSBORO BEND – The Easter Bunny beat the rain Saturday, April 9, as 60 excited youngsters hunted for 1,800 plastic Easter eggs filled with toys, stickers and candy at Greensboro Bend’s Smith Store.
Some eggs were more visible than others as one-year-olds on up descended from Greensboro, Stannard, Walden and Hardwick to the lawn behind the store. Jayden Lanphere dressed as the bunny in a costume donated by a store customer. Store co-owner Jen Thompson ensured no child left without something from the hunt. She related how the hunt was not created to be financially successful, but was for the youngsters who she described as the future of the Bend and who get bored if they don’t have something to do.
Store owners Jen and husband Landon Thompson took over the store in 2019 from Landon’s parents. The Thompsons are seeking to involve the store and the Bend more in the wider community. Too often, they feel, the Bend gets forgotten, and they are seeking to reverse this. Jen Thompson noted their involvement this past year in the Lamoille Area Cancer Network of Morrisville. The Thompsons coordinated the funding to local families experiencing cancer.
Customer Dianne T. illustrated the store’s care for the community when it gave out turkey dinners at Thanksgiving, including one recipient for whom this was only the second Thanksgiving turkey dinner in 19 years. Chuck H., another customer, noted that the store is very responsive to the business community in ordering needed items.
Jen Thompson emphasized the pair’s commitment to the area by noting that during the Covid-19 pandemic the store made deliveries of supplies to families in the nearest five towns. This summer, the store is planning to sponsor “walk-in” movie-nights at which people sit on blankets on the lawn to watch popular films. Summer plans also include a creemee/ice cream stand operated by local teenagers. Jen Thomnpson describes the store’s philosophy as “that’s our community.”