"I got a video of a kid who only had two eggs in his basket and he gave one of them to a kid who had none. That's really what it's all about," Platt said.
|Dozens of children and their families gathered at the Pinnacle Ski Lodge in Pittsfield on Saturday, April 15th for the annual free Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Greater Pittsfield Area Kiwanis.
"We couldn't have done it without the support of the community, including Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union, who donated candy," said Club President Thom Hieronymus. "They brought joy to a lot of kids."
Members of the local MCI Key Club and Nokomis Key Clubs came together to help stuff and scatter hundreds of eggs for the hunt.
"It goes really quickly once it starts," Hieronymus said. Families started arriving as early as 8:15 AM even though the hunt didn't start until 9 AM. Once the hunt began it took less than 10 minutes for the slopes to be picked clean of eggs. Kiwanis members encouraged kids to share their finds. One particular interaction made a big impression on Club Vice President Mike Platt.
The Easter Bunny greets children at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15th.
Kiwanis Club members also gave out awards for most adorable outfits, youngest boy, youngest girl, and others. The longest distance traveled award went to a family from Presque Isle.
“Next year we hope to make the Egg Hunt even better,” said Emma Gallimore, Club Communications Manager. “To do that, we’ll need more members. I’d love to see our usual meeting room at Angler’s Restaurant in Newport overflowing with people who want to help kids in our community.”
Meetings to plan the Saturday, May 13th Bike Rodeo at Rite Aid in Pittsfield and all other Kiwanis activities are held the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:16 PM at Angler’s Restaurant in Newport.