New Creation Church provides Easter prizes aplenty for Craig families
April 5, 2015
Something that took about three months to schedule and many man-hours to set up took only about five minutes, but the quickness with which Saturday went by only proved how much fun it was.
With cars overflowing from the parking lot, New Creation Church's fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt saw hundreds of area children turn out to get their hands on some goodies, kids wasting no time at all in grabbing up the 12,000 plastic eggs full of candy and other materials.
Participants as old as fifth grade took to the field to stuff all they could in their baskets, buckets and bags.
Emily Moore, 11, was especially interested in any eggs that rattled, knowing she could walk away with some of the many gold coins hidden among the holiday bounty, later sorting through everything with her peers.
"I enjoyed being with my friends," she said, regarding her favorite part of the day.
The coins turned out to be small change for Moore, who took home one of the biggest prizes of the giveaway following the egg hunt — a $100 Visa gift card.
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Colby Orwig also was announced as one of the big winners.
"It feels really good," the 11-year-old said with a smile.
New Creation also had a spread of themed Easter baskets to give out to younger kids, as well as 16 bicycles and scooters for various age groups.
Best friends Julianna Crain, 8, and Ryan Maicus, 9, were jumping for joy when their names were called, one after the other.
Maicus was at a loss for words to describe the sensation, though a couple came to mind — "excited and happy!"
The festivities also featured face painting, a petting zoo, bounce houses and more, and according to organizers Chris and Amber Goodenow, next year will only be more extensive with 15,000 eggs and plans for a small carnival.
"We want it to get bigger each year," Chris said.
The process is exhausting, his wife said, but the joy of spreading generosity during one of the most important weekends on the Christian calendar is its own reward.
"We love the community, and we couldn't do it without the help of our church," Amber said. "The church does it because we want to show God's love to our community."
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.