Here's where the candy is spending the holiday weekend

Published: Mar. 31, 2018 at 11:16 AM CDT
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Along with the solemnity and celebration of the Easter holiday, there's that other Easter tradition: the candy!

The Hope Center for Kids provided the sugar-laden playground Saturday morning where kids could share in a few games, win raffle prizes and test their sweet tooth hunting technique in a Candy Dash featuring 20,000 pieces of those treats.

Church volunteers teamed-up with the Omaha Police Department to stage the sugary celebration and Amy Vandorsten, with Mission Church, promised, "candy everywhere."

But there was a little wind everywhere as well and the pre-Easter breeze put the kibosh on a plan to involve the OPD helicopter in the outdoor part of the festivities.

While it's all in the name of fun for the kids, police and church members tells us it's a great way to help foster community relations.

OPD Sgt. Antwone Finch said, "It's always good to give back to the community and definitely show youth the positive side of police officers." He said it's an outreach that helps develop a good partnership with the community.

But reaching out and partnering-up were only part of the sergeant's plan. He confessed in front our live Daybreak camera Saturday morning that, "I'm going to grab an egg or two on the side."

The activities got started at 10 a.m. and were set to run through noon on the Hope Center's football field, 2200 N. 20th Street.