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CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Here comes Peter Cottontail

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It Author: Katie Krebs, Pediatric Registered Dietitian

The classic song talks about bringing every girl and boy a basketful of Easter joy — jelly beans, colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. However, Easter baskets don’t have to be filled with candy. Here are some ideas that are fun — without the sugar.

Garden tool box: Provide tools to play in the dirt!

  • Vegetable seed packets
  • Gardening gloves and sun hat
  • Garden tools
  • Watering can
  • Garden stepping stone kit

Art satchel: Encourage creativity and imagination with art supplies.

  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Stickers
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Paper and canvas

Chef basket: Teach your child about cooking.

  • Apron
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters

Duffle bag: Support your child’s love of a sport or favorite team.

  • Team shirt
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Water bottle
  • Sports equipment

Simple pleasures bin: Unplug and go outside to play.

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Frisbee
  • Jump rope
  • Balls

Beach tote: Get ready for summer or a spring break trip.

  • Beach towel
  • Flip Flops
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Swim suit
  • Sand bucket and shovel