Easter Hunt About More Than Finding Eggs

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Many children and families are hunting for Easter eggs this weekend, including about a thousand people in Omaha Saturday afternoon. Organizers of the event said it was part of a bigger plan for the community.

It's Easter weekend, the weather was warm and the rain stopped just in time. "It's warm out and it's going to be really fun, I can tell."

“Just having fun.”

These friends were having a good time at the special Easter event organized by the Abide Network held at Skinner Elementary School at 33rd and Ames. There was face painting, games and a bunny hop race. Organizers said the idea was to bring the community together, a goal the Abide Network has been working to achieve in north Omaha for years.

“We've been doing a variety of things, community development, we do programs for children, youth and families,” said organizer Josh Dotzler. “Over the years we've seen tons of neighborhoods completely transformed, neighborhoods that were known for crime and violence, now are known for communities people want to move into."

Grandparents like Larry Thornton appreciated their hard work. “There's always stuff going on here at this school for the kids and things and like I said, it keeps them out of trouble."

Keeping them out of trouble by giving them things to do, such as hunting for 2,000 eggs. Each child went home with a basketful of eggs and candy and a smile.

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