Kids find Easter eggs for a good cause at Crosaires

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By Bryce Airgood
The Williamston Post

One Friday evening at Crosaires, a group of about 20 people could be seen wandering around the lawn. In their wake they left a multitude of brightly colored Easter eggs.

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Frawley places an egg. After she would find a spot with them she would try to make them look more natural by covering them with bark.

Saturday, April 4 was Crosaires second annual Easter egg hunt. Crosaires is an aging-in-community residence and provides assisted living for the elderly. Todd Walter is the owner and is the one who first came up with the idea for the hunt.

“It’s a donation based Easter egg hunt,” said Walter. “We identify a need in the community and see if we can help out.”

This year the community cause was the Defreese family, whose home burned down in March. All $828 raised from the Easter egg hunt along with donations made later went to the family.

The original advertisement said there was going to be 500 eggs at the hunt, but that wasn’t the final count. Crosaires ended up getting caught up in the excitement and decided to get a couple more.

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Noah Pfeifle was one of the excited participants in the Easter egg hunt.

“What’s another 100 eggs?” Walter joked about buying them for the hunt. “Then there was 1,000.”

Among those 1,000 hidden eggs were eight golden ones. These eggs were special, as the child who found them would be given a gift certificate for a local business. Walter specially hid the golden eggs the morning of the event.

About a month went into the preparation for the hunt said Walter. The staff and residents would have stuffing parties where they would fill the eggs with candy. One resident, Lois McCorvie, even helped hide the eggs the night before.

Staff members and children of residents also helped hide the eggs. Celeste Frawley, whose father moved into Crosaires on March 15, took special care in her hiding spots.

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Dexter at her observation point for the event. Although she only watched in the beginning, she eventually joined her family outside.

“I usually like to look for something that has a natural look,” she said. “Like it looks like a tulip growing.”

Although there wasn’t an official count, Walter and his wife guessed there were more than 200 people at the egg hunt. There were even some unusual guests according to Agnes Dexter, an elder at Crosaires. She spotted them in the morning around a half-hour before the event.

“I was going to tell Todd that deer came to his Easter egg hunt,” said Dexter. “But they came too early so they had to leave.”

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Walter poses with the jar used in the jelly bean toss.

Along with the search for Easter eggs, there was also the attraction of a jelly bean toss. For a dollar a child could get five beans which they could try to toss in a jar. Depending on how old the child was determined how close they got to be to the jar. Every time a jelly bean landed in the jar, the child would get their name put in a drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Toys “R” Us. The winner was Noah Dunckel, age 9.

Walter said that the Easter egg hunt was very successful, and all but one resident participated in the event.

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