Inclusive Easter egg hunt hosted for special needs children
- Author: Ryan Wade Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 9:09
The fun didn't end with the eggs. The sweet bread "not only makes a wonderful breakfast bread but also a nice dessert when paired with cheese and fruit", wrote Kevin D. Weeks in a 2010 piece featuring a recipe to try. Brady, who is also an event organizer for the church said a lot of work went into making the day special.
The adrenaline rushing egg hunt is different from most egg hunts with hunters racing for empty eggs and redeeming an entire bag of candy for them. The church better organized the event, using wristbands to identify a child's age and utilizing more of the space available in the park. The hunt is for children ages 8 to 12.
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The first Easter Eggstravaganza was specifically geared towards children with special needs and their families. Cooke and several volunteers-including her own children-stuffed roughly 3,000 eggs over four nights, then spent two hours placing them throughout the city park the morning of the event, which annually draws around 180-200 children. "We want everybody to come out and have a good time.", Town of Unicoi History Group Chairman Pat Lynch said. "We should minister beyond our walls, and even beyond Surry County". Regular admission rates apply but for museum members the event is free. And while the hunt is the main event, children could enjoy other activities as well. "Not many people do that anymore". Some commute almost an hour to attend.
"It's probably getting to see the little kids' faces when they get their eggs", she said, adding Easter to her means happiness and love.
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At the time, Shepherd was doing her hippity hopping at the first of the three Easter egg hunts: the one at the Pocket Park at 41 Fayette Street.
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