Kids won’t be gathering in big groups around the Lowcountry to hunt Easter eggs this year, but this doesn’t mean they’ll miss all the fun of the holiday. In Bluffton, the Easter Bunny is riding around in a Jeep waving to children in their neighborhoods.

Meg Engler, a special education teacher at Bluffton Middle School, found her Easter bunny suit and its mask in her garage in Westbury Park last week and came up with a plan to bring cheer to local families while respecting social distancing.

For her first trip wearing the furry suit, mask and long ears, she drove around Westbury Park in a golf cart she borrowed from a neighbor. 

“I had as much fun as the kids,” said Engler, who has played the character at community egg hunts several times.

To cover more neighborhoods, she called her friend Mike Roark, a PE teacher at Beaufort High who founded the Beaufort County Jeepers Club. He jumped at the chance to put his Jeep Wrangler—which is always decorated with colored lights—to good use.

With the top off and “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” blasting on the vehicle’s sound system, Roark and Engler drove through Sandy Point, Edgefield, The Willows and Arborwood subdivisions on Sunday evening. On April 10, they’re planning to tour Bluffton’s Pineridge and Pinecrest.

To respect health guidelines, they’re not throwing candy and they don’t stop to chat. Joy is the only thing they’re giving away.

Roark, who also coaches football at Beaufort Academy and owns Lowcountry Jeep Tours, said he has up to 3,000 LED lights connected to a 1,000-watt inverter in his Jeep. 

“I’m a Jeep fanatic,” he said. “And Meg and I both love kids.”