Under bright blue skies and balmy temperatures, hundreds of local children got an early start on gathering their Easter candy when they scooped up more than 13,000 candy-filled eggs at the Consumed Church on Longwood Blvd.
Saturday’s fun marked the third year the church has hosted the event and also helped raise $780 for the church’s annual mission trip to Haiti.
“It took about 50 volunteers almost six hours to fill the eggs. All of them had candy and some had gift cards,” said Shannon Howell, one of the event’s organizers and wife of the church’s pastor, John. Howell estimated that more than 450 people took part in the fun, with upwards of 225 children vying to find eggs to satisfy their sweet cravings.
When the children weren’t participating in the egg hunt, which was split into various age groups, they could get their faces painted, play Easter Egg cornhole, jump on “bouncy houses,” or have a hot dog lunch.
Howell said the Easter Egg hunt was part of the church’s ongoing outreach program, dubbed “EPIC,” which stands for Engaging People in the Community.
Read full story in April 16 issue of the Bryan County News.