HHA Hoboken Easter Egg Hunt 2011
Hoboken’s 10,000-Egg Hunt a success
With Easter on the horizon, the Hoboken Housing Authority and Hoboken Grace Community Church joined forces on April 16 to bring joy to city children with a much-anticipated Easter egg hunt. Festivities on the chilly Saturday morning included games, prizes and lots of fun.
“I live down the road from here, and this is rather new to us,” said Douglas Peterson, who brought his son De’Karr with him. “We never had an Easter egg hunt of this magnitude before.”
Carmelo Garcia, executive director of the Hoboken Housing Authority, has an existing partnership with Hoboken Grace and decided that this would be a great event to host together. “The No. 1 key to today is that we are exposing other families to the greatness of the Hoboken Housing Authority,” Garcia said.
A group of volunteers set up bean bag games, egg race tournaments, free photo ops with the Easter Bunny, face painting, free ice cream and popcorn, and much more.
Angel Acosta Sr. was one of the first to get his children to the field. His daughter, Celina, was busy tossing New York Giants beanbags through wooden cut-outs, while his two boys, Angel Jr. and Damion, raced each other in an egg-on-a-spoon race.
“I saw the banner outside the park,” Acosta said. “It’s great for the kids. I love Easter, and I enjoy being around my kids all the time.”
Melony King was standing near the face-painting booth as her two sons were getting their faces decorated with soccer ball designs. “We live right down the street, and they were looking out the window as they were setting up the event,” King said. “We’re excited to be here.”
Hoboken Grace Pastor Chris High said volunteers posted 5,000 fliers in schools and day care centers around town. “We’re very pleased; everyone is having fun,” he said.
At 11am, High called the entire group of visitors to shallow center field where the volunteers of Hoboken Grace had set up a large bed of hay divided into four quarters where 10,000 plastic colored eggs were hidden for the kids.
The children were given either a purple, blue, green or yellow bag where to collect their eggs, and they were raring to go. Some kids started picking at the eggs before the whistle was blown, some even jumped in full force before it was time.
Once the whistle blew, the children poured onto the piles of hay digging for eggs. The kids with the blue bags received some extra help from their parents, who jumped right in with them.
“On behalf of the Housing Authority, we are grateful for the work of Grace Church to offer their services this day,” Garcia said.
Free Easter Egg Hunt in Hoboken, NJ
Parents – On Saturday, April 16th (10am – 12pm), Hoboken Grace Community Church invites you and your kids to one of the largest Easter Egg Hunts in the state!
The hunt and all activities are free, including games, crafts, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, cotton candy, snacks, an Easter Bunny, and of course, a giant Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 1-12. With over 10,000 eggs to find, be sure to bring the whole family!