CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Easter baskets are a must for many kids on the holiday, and that's why one organization is making sure hundreds of kids in need have one to celebrate.

Operation Easter Lilly was inspired by Lilian Ruiz, who passed away from bone cancer nine years ago. Her family said she loved Easter and her birthday was in April, so giving to others during this time of year was the best way to honor her life.

"Our desire is for maybe children of families who have been helped by Operation Easter Lilly will remember and pass on the love and sharing to others," family friend Adriana Miller said.

It's no small operation.

"We've probably got over 600 Easter baskets this year alone," Miller said.

In one day, they have given hundreds of Easter baskets to places like Driscoll Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and CASA.

"This is a beautiful amount of Easter baskets," said Page Hall, executive director of CASA. "It's very beautiful."

CASA provides volunteers to help children who are in the foster care system. Hall said the Easter baskets can give children in foster care a since of normalcy.

"Everything we can do to do that is what we want to do, and it's amazing when there are folks like this who come from the community and make that happen for our kids," Hall said. "That is the best part of this job."

Operation Easter Lilly will continue donating baskets. Their next stop is Laredo, Texas.

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