Organization Provides Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Disabilities

It's fun for the whole family, with an egg hunt for children from birth to sixth grade, a time to sing songs and hear a great song.

The event also had free games and snow cones. Once a volunteer said, "Go" hundreds of children raced across the lawn in sheer excitement, picking up eggs as they went.

"Let the children pick up the eggs", Olympia Eagles past president David Rashott reminded the audience on his microphone. Last year, 100 bags of candy were leftover.

Some children had eggs spotted seconds before the start of Saturday morning's Easter egg hunt at Emerald Cove Park. It's traditionally been at Lum Park in east Brainerd but was moved this spring because of a recent utility construction project's disruption to the soil.

The Student Activities Board hosted its 27th annual hunt at Peaks to Plains Park on the MSUB campus.

For many, the hardest part of an Easter egg hunt is finding eggs in hiding places, but for these kids, it doesn't matter where you hide them. District program manager Beth Durso said the event's goal is to attract that age group that sometimes won't participate in programming if it's not sports-related.

Hailie Fisher says, "I am totally blind and have been every since birth".

"We put out thousands of eggs for the kids to find".

"The real message of Easter is that Jesus came", said Pastor Michael Laird, the children's pastor at Emmanuel. We're just trying to combat that mindset. And while some had their eyes on the eggs, others had their eyes on the sky as the CHP landed its helicopter carrying the Easter Bunny.

"We have to understand how the electronics play into a bomb or and hazardous device and in order to do that we have to know how to build them and take them apart", said Johnson.

It has grown to 21,000 eggs, Rashott said. She's not too old to hunt for eggs herself.

"Preregistration is really because we don't want to overcrowd everybody", said Reiner.

  • Leroy Wright