Fenton — Hundreds of children raced to collect the best Easter eggs during the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt hosted by The Way Church and Fenton Center of Hope on Saturday, April 9.
Approximately 7,000 colorful Easter eggs were strewn about The Way Church property, sectioned off by caution tape in multiple sections. Organizers created four different areas for kids based on age.
“The kids had a blast finding eggs, enjoying Dunkin doughnuts and seeing the Easter bunny. It was a really cool day where the community can get together,” said Scott Statson, pastor of The Way Church.
It was a chilly Easter event, but the cold weather didn’t deter the kids or adults from having fun. More than 250 kids signed up. Inside the eggs were candies or slips of paper that indicated which prize they won. They gave out more than 100 prizes.
“It went very well. We were really pleased with the number of groups that got involved,” said Jason Gibbs, social media and technology coordinator for Center of Hope.
The event is a Love Our City event, which means they encouraged organizations and businesses to get involved.
Multiple organizations worked together to bring Easter fun to the community. The First Baptist Church of Fenton has been involved since the inaugural event last year. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office was on scene. Target sent a group of employees to help set up before the event, and Dunkin on LeRoy Street donated doughnuts and refreshments.
“Lots of people donated individually as well. It was a really nice community pull together,” Gibbs said. “We want to keep getting more churches involved. It’s awesome that Target and Dunkin Donuts got involved and we want to see more businesses getting involved that way. I think it was a big success that way.”
He encouraged the public to check out the Love Our City Michigan Facebook page.
Statson said he loves working with the other organizations.
“It reminds me of one of the classic Bible verses, which is 1 John 4:19. ‘We love because he first loved us,’” Statson said. “The Center of Hope, they genuinely just love our community. It encourages me seeing their heart for the people of our community. They’re amazing people and we just love working with them. We’re very grateful for the churches and organizations that partnered with us. It was really encouraging to see people come together to just love our community.”
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