Egg hunt draws enthusiastic children, despite rain
By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Hebron - posted Tue., Apr. 26, 2011
The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Christ Lutheran Church in Hebron drew more than 100 children and parents, despite the sheeting rain that did little to dampen spirits on the morning of Saturday, April 23. Although even more children have turned out in prior years when the weather was more pleasant, organizers said, there was no lack of enthusiasm among the children.
Church volunteer Chris Hale stood in the rain to greet incoming cars and assure them the hunt was still on. Families from Willimantic, Colchester, Marlborough, Hebron, and surrounding towns said they make it a point to come to special events such as the Easter holiday celebrations and church services.
As Tiana, Seraphina and Dante waited with their mother Nancy Marino of Hebron for the egg hunt to start, the children explained they had gathered as many as 45 eggs each last year.
All the age groups gathered in the basement banquet room to hear the rules of egg hunting and a story about the first Easter from Pastor Jonathan Liebich.
Children in three different age groups dashed down the halls or out the side and front doors to gather eggs cleverly hidden by Easter Bunny helpers headed by Larry Amann, the Youth Group leader. "We had about 10 to 12 kids and a group of 10 adults who helped us organize this event," said Amann.
"The church is well hidden off the road," said Liebich. "The Easter Egg Hunt was started about 10 years ago after the church was first built, to let the community know we are up here." Christ Lutheran's Easter Egg Hunt and an accompanying food sale were part of a community outreach effort. Children and families of all backgrounds and faiths were welcome from the surrounding community and invited to come back the next day for an Easter breakfast and services. Proceeds from the food sale support the Heifer Project, an outreach program that provides a bovine for a village in a developing country, in order to help the locals become self-sustaining.