How do military kids have an eggs-cellent time?
By Tech. Sgt. Joshua Mead, 103rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs
/ Published April 19, 2010
BRADLEY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, East Granby, Conn. -- Approximately 150 people attended the Easter Eggstravaganza hosted by the family support organization here at the Capt. Joseph Wadsworth Dining Facility March 27, 2010, to meet the Easter bunny and hunt for eggs in a traditional Easter-egg hunt.
In addition, children and parents participated in Easter-themed crafts that Liya Saccente (7), daughter of Deena Saccente, a participant of the event, said was her favorite part.
That was before the Easter bunny showed up, however.
The kids roared in excitement as the Easter bunny entered the dining hall, his visit "arranged" by retired Brig. Gen. Dan Scace.
After the kids got their pictures taken, the excitement was soon surpassed by the fun-filled and careless kazoo-sounding symphony as the kids played with their noise-making balloons.
"The event was tremendous. Every time my family and I go to one of the family support events put on by Donna Rivera and her team of volunteers, we have a great time and are amazed by the amount of effort and energy that goes into making the event so special for the kids. I can't really nail down one special or favorite part about the event-- it's great from start to finish seeing my kids just having a blast," said 1st Lt. William Deme, budget officer with the 103rd Financial Management Flight.
After the preliminary events came to a close, the kids were moved outdoors for the main event. Once outside, the metaphorical throng of kids was unleashed to scour the grounds behind the dining facility to find goodie-filled plastic eggs.
The event came to a close with a door prize drawing of toys and gifts for the kids donated by family support.
"The kids think it's great and look forward to it every year. My daughter, Jarrin, asks me every year, 'when are we going to the Easter egg hunt at your work, daddy,'" said Master Sgt. Reui Araujo, health services technician, 103rd Medical Group.