LIMA — One of the popular traditions with the Easter holiday season is egg hunts.
Lima area youth had plenty to choose from Saturday.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, the Calvary Chapel of Praise, the Mizpah Community Center and the Humane Society, all in Lima, the Alger Assembly of God and Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora were just a few of the many sites packed with youngsters Saturday. Many sites had several hundred children competing for painted hard-boiled eggs or plastic eggs stuffed with candy or tickets for prizes.
The Mizpah Community Center alone drew more than 200 children for its egg hunt. Children had the opportunity to get a free hot dog lunch and hunt for eggs that had both candy and prizes. Surprise eggs had tickets for special prizes and 30 children left with refurbished bicycles given away in a drawing.
“We have had great feedback again this year with our event,” said Ronnie Shurelds, a volunteer at the center. “Some of these kids get a chance to have a great holiday that they might not have had otherwise.”
Brandeun Fisher brought his child and two other children to the event. It was his first time attending the event. He said he heard about it from his mother, who is a volunteer at the center.
“We have been to events here before but this was the first time attending the egg hunt,” Fisher said. “The children had a great time.”
Fisher’s son, Cheldean, 5, was one of the 30 children fortunate to win a bike. He sat proudly on his new bike and exclaimed how much fun he had.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I got lots of candy.”
Seven-year-old MaShayla Amos said she was disappointed that she didn’t get one of the special eggs but still had fun nonetheless. She held up her bag full of goodies she had collected.
“It is really heavy,” Amos said. “I can’t believe how much candy I have.”
Shurelds said the center likes to host the event every year to show children they have a place to go.
“Our goal is to let the kids know we are here for them and they have a place to go,” Shurelds said. “We want them to feel at home.”
Sunday, many local churches are having special Easter services and the annual Ellis Easter dinner will be held at the Lima Civic Center beginning at 11 a.m. A list of local Easter services can found at http://j.mp/1RvKXZo.
Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or at Twitter @LanceMihm.