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!

At Mama Johnson Field (4th & Jackson St). For more info, visit www.hobokengrace.com

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13 Comments on "HHA Hoboken Easter Egg Hunt 2011"

westcoastbound
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westcoastbound

We participated in the HFA Easter egg hunt three times before we left Hoboken. Generally, it was a bit of a mob scene and certainly not as fun as a hunt with a more challenge. That said, it was a nice community event. We’d generally see other children who my children went to preschool with or had played with in the parks, which was fun for the kids. We were always lucky enough to be able to do a more traditional, hidden egg hunt at the houses of family members with yards, but not everyone in Hoboken has access to private outdoor space, so that’s a benefit. While the egg “hunt” aspect was lacking, just getting an egg is fun for very little kids. We also used it as a teaching opportunity. There were always older kids who swooped into the little kids’ designated areas and grabbed up a lot of eggs while their rude parents stood by and watched. That was always a good lesson for our kids on how NOT to act. So while big, public egg hunts in urban park settings are rather chaotic and lacking in many ways, there is hardly anything objectionable about them.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I thought that I had heard that there was an easter egg hunt fundraiser for special needs children it may have been autism. Did anyone else hear about that? “just curious”

Hoboken17
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Hoboken17

Not sure if this one is easter egg hunt related but 5 Guys is donating a portion of their sales from today and tomorrow in Hudson County to the Simpson-Baber Foundation for the Autistic. Go get a burger tonight and help the cause.[quote comment=”205928″]I thought that I had heard that there was an easter egg hunt fundraiser for special needs children it may have been autism. Did anyone else hear about that? “just curious”[/quote]

Friedupright
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Friedupright

The Easter egg hunt for autism was posted here on H411 on April 11. It was in midtown. Just look through the old postings and you’ll find it. No comments on the post but I hope it went well. [quote comment=”205929″]Not sure if this one is easter egg hunt related but 5 Guys is donating a portion of their sales from today and tomorrow in Hudson County to the Simpson-Baber Foundation for the Autistic. Go get a burger tonight and help the cause.[/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

“Thank You!” I knew I read about that somewhere. [quote comment=”205973″]The Easter egg hunt for autism was posted here on H411 on April 11. It was in midtown. Just look through the old postings and you’ll find it. No comments on the post but I hope it went well. [/quote]

Hoboken17
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Hoboken17

With the financial backing of the HHA and a church, who have the ability to rent out an entire field and fill it with hay, sure you can hide eggs and create one of the largest events in the state. Or, for those who can’t spend thousands of dollars to allow their kids have fun for 10 minutes in the spirit of easter, they can simply volunteer their time and do the best that they can with what that have available to them. If that means using one of hobokens few grassy areas that doesnt have much landscaping to hide eggs in then so be it. I’m sure the kids in both events had tons of fun because that’s really what this was all about. Unfortunately certain people here who dont have kids don’t ever seem to get that part and instead choose to make themselves look like uncompassionate assholes by criticizing childrens events.

P.S. if some personalities were out doing their job right now there would less dog shit in our town.

mooshu
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mooshu

Um, hate to break it to ya, Mr. Cloudy Day, but those who work with dogs aren’t here to pick up after your mouth. Sorry.

And by the way, I made two comments this morning, which is nothing compared to the lectures you’ve given in these threads. Thus, perhaps the one who should be worried about employment is, I dunno, uh, you?

Hope your day was 1/10 as great as mine![quote comment=”205913″]With the financial backing of the HHA and a church, who have the ability to rent out an entire field and fill it with hay, sure you can hide eggs and create one of the largest events in the state. Or, for those who can’t spend thousands of dollars to allow their kids have fun for 10 minutes in the spirit of easter, they can simply volunteer their time and do the best that they can with what that have available to them. If that means using one of hobokens few grassy areas that doesnt have much landscaping to hide eggs in then so be it. I’m sure the kids in both events had tons of fun because that’s really what this was all about. Unfortunately certain people here who dont have kids don’t ever seem to get that part and instead choose to make themselves look like uncompassionate assholes by criticizing childrens events. P.S. if some personalities were out doing their job right now there would less dog shit in our town.[/quote]

westcoastbound
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westcoastbound

Hear, hear![quote comment=”205913″]With the financial backing of the HHA and a church, who have the ability to rent out an entire field and fill it with hay, sure you can hide eggs and create one of the largest events in the state. Or, for those who can’t spend thousands of dollars to allow their kids have fun for 10 minutes in the spirit of easter, they can simply volunteer their time and do the best that they can with what that have available to them. If that means using one of hobokens few grassy areas that doesnt have much landscaping to hide eggs in then so be it. I’m sure the kids in both events had tons of fun because that’s really what this was all about. Unfortunately certain people here who dont have kids don’t ever seem to get that part and instead choose to make themselves look like uncompassionate assholes by criticizing childrens events. P.S. if some personalities were out doing their job right now there would less dog shit in our town.[/quote]

goodtogo
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goodtogo

Actually the entire event was paid for by Hoboken Grace and all of the volunteers were provided by Hoboken Grace. The Housing Authority provided the field free of charge.[quote comment=”205913″]With the financial backing of the HHA and a church, who have the ability to rent out an entire field and fill it with hay, sure you can hide eggs and create one of the largest events in the state. Or, for those who can’t spend thousands of dollars to allow their kids have fun for 10 minutes in the spirit of easter, they can simply volunteer their time and do the best that they can with what that have available to them. If that means using one of hobokens few grassy areas that doesnt have much landscaping to hide eggs in then so be it. I’m sure the kids in both events had tons of fun because that’s really what this was all about. Unfortunately certain people here who dont have kids don’t ever seem to get that part and instead choose to make themselves look like uncompassionate assholes by criticizing childrens events. P.S. if some personalities were out doing their job right now there would less dog shit in our town.[/quote]

emarche
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Win.[quote comment=”205913″]With the financial backing of the HHA and a church, who have the ability to rent out an entire field and fill it with hay, sure you can hide eggs and create one of the largest events in the state. Or, for those who can’t spend thousands of dollars to allow their kids have fun for 10 minutes in the spirit of easter, they can simply volunteer their time and do the best that they can with what that have available to them. If that means using one of hobokens few grassy areas that doesnt have much landscaping to hide eggs in then so be it. I’m sure the kids in both events had tons of fun because that’s really what this was all about. Unfortunately certain people here who dont have kids don’t ever seem to get that part and instead choose to make themselves look like uncompassionate assholes by criticizing childrens events. P.S. if some personalities were out doing their job right now there would less dog shit in our town.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

Hey, hey! 😀 And here I thought you couldn’t hide eggs in this town because of possible dog-poop contamination.

Trust me, some personalities on here are far more toxic than dog poop.

mooshu
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mooshu

How nice, a free Easter egg hunt. 🙂

Evelyn
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Evelyn

They hay was a good touch, required a little skill to find the eggs.[quote comment=”205387″]How nice, a free Easter egg hunt. [/quote]

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