Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

City of Tallahassee holds Easter egg hunt for youth with special needs

City of Tallahassee holds Easter egg hunt for youth with special needs

For Mohave Valley firefighters on Saturday, it actually was rewarding.

"They suck them up in about three minutes", said Ashtabula Township Park Commissioner Brian Hubbard after watching four different groups of children race to gather 8,000 eggs.

Then the signal was given.

Many Bay County families kicked off their Easter weekend by spending the morning hunting for eggs at the event, hosted in partnership by Krewe of St. Andrews and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

"We had a brainstorming session one day and said 'Easter is coming up, why not do something for the kids, '" explained Dingwall.

Mia Cervantes, 11, did her share of the pickup.

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The preparations began on Thursday night, when volunteers started heating the water that would be used to boil the eggs.

From a Razor type scooter to a large fluffy stuffed Easter Bunny, the children who found these "Golden" eggs had a hard time choosing their reward.

"We have to refill constantly", Carpenter said.

"I got candy", she said. "Whatever little bit we can do to help out is what we want to do".

A swarm of youngsters scoured the field and woodland borders of the garden to find 3,500 Easter eggs, each which contained a treat or prize.

"It's not what you get", Teeters said.

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Kyliee quickly spotted a FlipaZoo toy - a bear that can be flipped inside-out to become a dragon.

Hartline is amazed that the community keeps coming back every year.

"I sweep my cane", Leyla said, explaining how she is able to fill up her basket with eggs.

"I love these kids and I love my community", Robinson said. Parents get kind of insane when it comes to egg hunting.

Not all the prizes were there for the taking. "We do have some pirates here from the Pirate Festival, we wanted to celebrate that partnership that we have with them and give them a chance to come out and be a pirate".

When they ran out, he handed out coloring pages of eggs, the Easter Bunny and Chicks.

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The bikes were available for pickup at the fire station, along with a helmet for each victor.

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