Easter egg hunt held for kids with special needs

Easter egg hunt held for kids with special needs

The Easter Bunny will be hippity-hopping down the bunny trail into town this weekend, with sightings expected in most mountaintop communities.

The Elks had six members volunteer their time to run the Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.

More than 1,200 hard-boiled eggs, painted in vibrant pastel colors, were hidden around the park.

Children grabbed more than 2,500 Easter eggs and stuffed them into bags and buckets in a matter of minutes at Together We Stand Motorcycle Club's Easter egg hunt in Jersey City's Country Village section this afternoon.

Gisele Morales, 10, attended with her family and described the egg hunt as "really fun".

"The community is so supportive of the Lions Club", said Minisan, who also chairs membership for the Lions Club, "and this is our way to give back". Many businesses and individuals donated both money and prizes for the event.

Park and Rec Program Supervisor Joey Schugel said the egg hunt was an old tradition, but in recent years the event was held at the Civic Center instead of German Park due to weather concerns.

The Santa Barbara boy was one of the youngsters who enjoyed candy-filled eggs at the 59th annual egg hunt.

"We've gotten away from that", Leon said.

"We hadn't taken her to any Easter egg hunts before, ever", her mother said.

Silas had also enjoyed the craft portion of the event, quick to point out two colorful eggs, still wet with paint. "Lots of cool things for all the little ones to do".

After the kids filled their baskets with eggs, they then had their choice of several different prizes.

"Because you get to have fun and spend time with your friends", says Rivera Santos. Renee Harris said she tries to get her kids to as numerous hunts as possible, with this year's total around 15.

"I want 100 eggs", he said eagerly. Adilynn said she might share some of her candy with her mom and step-father, but not with her 9-month-old sister, Skylar Harris.