Published: Feb 20, 2013 12:33 PM EST
Updated: Feb 20, 2013 4:59 PM EST

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Easter Bunny is getting an early start hopping into North Fort Myers to help bring Easter to kids in need.

The Easter Bunny visited classrooms at the Good Shepard School in North Fort Myers today to help kick off the school's 5th annual Easter basket drive.

A classroom transformed into Easter Bunny headquarters has it's first 100 Easter baskets, and is ready for the thousands the school will donate to children in shelters and foster care.

With the community's help, the school hopes to assemble about 15,000 baskets, which is about double what they did last year.

Teacher and organizer Kellie McIntosh says, "a lot of people do things at Christmas but kids can't be forgotten, they're around all year and don't deserve to be in the situations they're in so if we can make them smile one more day, it's worth it."

The classroom that collects the most basket donations will get an ice cream party with the Easter Bunny.

If you'd like to help donate money, items, or full baskets, call the school at 239-995-7711. You can also drop off items at Il Primo Pizza.