11:32 AM, Apr. 23, 2011 |Written by Lindsay Downey Special to news-press.com
More than 100 children were registered by 11 a.m. for the Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral’s Easter egg hunt at Four Freedoms Park, which begins at noon.
This is the first year the Kiwanis Club has hosted an egg hunt, Foundation President Samuel Huber said. New members suggested it, and the club saw a need based on the decline of other Easter events in the area.
“We were hearing some stories about how Easter egg hunts have been scaled back or canceled,” Huber said. “Parents were concerned.”
Approximately 3,500 eggs are laid out in the grass, with a few hidden for older children to find. Eggs are filled with candy, small toys, certificates for free ice cream cones, fishing poles, baseball gear and other prizes.
Most items were donated and the club paid less than $1,000 to purchase candy and other supplies.
Every child who visits receives a free book, a free stuffed animal and a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwanis Club Thrift Store.
Ericca Gentry, 32, on vacation from Canton, Mich., brought her four children to the egg hunt. She said it’s great to see families come together for the free event.
“Everyone should be able to get out of their house and interact with other kids,” she said.