By Lindsay Starr Platt, The Belton Journal
On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of children stood anxiously as they clutched pastel colored baskets and bags, anticipating their future loot of candy as more than 12,000 eggs were scattered on the front lawn of McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White in Temple.
Not only were children from the community out for the hunt, but also former patients and current patients as well. Some patients were able to participate in the gathering of eggs, and others were wheeled out in wheelchairs; though not able to gather Easter eggs, they did nonetheless get to soak in both the excitement and some sunshine.
This year was the second time the Easter Egg Hunt had been put on for the hospital. Volunteer students from Baylor University drove from Waco to help with the festivities and assist any way they could.
“This is a great opportunity for people in the community to get involved to help Baylor Scott & White,” said Sarah Trocolli, Baylor student, Alpha Lambda Delta member. “This is our retreat day for Alpha Lambda Delta, we came here to help and organized the face painting.”
In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, many other activities added to a festival atmosphere at McLane, such as bounce houses, face painting, prize wheel and refreshments. Music could be heard from a live remote from local radio station 101.7 and Tater Tot, the mascot from Sonic made an appearance and posed for photographs with children.
“A beautiful day for an egg hunt!’ said Debra Wall, staff case manager, McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White. “Just wait we are going to have more events throughout the year.”
The egg hunt was divided into sections each marked off for specific age groups for children up to age ten. And among those 12,000 eggs there were sixteen eggs that were “golden” and they could be redeemed for a special prize.
“We are so excited, it is out first time here,”Salado resident, Sarah Everette commented.
For more information on McLane Children’s Hospital, visit www.swchildrens.org.