300 children attend Easter Egg Hunt

By Joel Charron
It took all of five minutes for the horde of children to pick the green turf of the indoor soccer complex clean of any chocolate eggs.
On Saturday morning, the House of Shalom hosted the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.
The event was to take place outside on the football/soccer field, however, due to thunderstorms the night before the event was moved inside.
That did not seem to stop the over 300 children that attended with parents and grandparents from enjoying the festivities.
“It was organized chaos,” said activities director Holly Kirk-McLean. “It looked like everyone had a good time.”
Kirk-McLean said she was very please with how everyone conducted themselves.
“Not a single person stepped over the boundary until it was time to start,” she said. “The children were great, the parents and grandparents were fantastic. Everyone seemed to have a really good time.”
Shortly after 11 a.m., Kirk-McLean rang a bell that sent the children on the artificial turf in a frenzy to fill their baskets with chocolate treats.
Kirk-McLean said that all children left the field with at least one-third of a bucket and the children who had a lot in their baskets were giving the others who didn’t have much some of their stash.
“It was really nice to see the children who had a lot of chocolate give some of their eggs to the children who didn’t have a lot,” she said.
The House of Shalom activities director complemented the staff at the new complex, stating that the staff helped take care of setting up the field so that volunteers were able to focus solely on the Easter Egg Hunt.
“The staff here has been fabulous,” said Kirk-McLean.
Parent, Stacy Ferguson, who brought her five-year-old daughter, Morgan and three-year-old son Trevor said it was fun to watch her children (and the rest of the children) have so much fun collecting eggs.
“The look on their faces as they picked up the eggs and put them in their baskets was the best part,” Ferguson said.
Kirk-McLean believed that the Easter Egg Hunt drew roughly the same amount of people as last year, but being indoors, in a closed off space may have made the crowd seem a little bigger then usual.
“All in all, it was a great time. Everyone had fun,” she said.

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