The Mountain View Christian Center in Ridgefield held a free Easter egg hunt on April 13, which led families to pack a gym as children eagerly awaited to collect their prizes.
It was the first time organizers Laurel and Jake Killin coordinated the event, which took a lot of hard work and preparation.
“It was really cool to see it all come together (and) seeing all the families coming in was amazing,” Laurel said.
Jake said the couple selected raffle prizes that were highly sought after and benefited the children.
“We just wanted to go all out and get prizes for the raffle that had a lot of meaning to the kids and were high-value to each age group,” he said.
The prizes were purchased through donations from members of the church.
The event, which took a two year break because of the pandemic, resulted in a turnout that was “more than we were expecting,” Jake said.
During the Easter egg hunt portion of the event, children were separated into four age groups.
Jake and Cole Woodruff, a youth pastor and worship coordinator at Mountain View, led the children in their egg hunting efforts. Each group had five minutes to collect as many eggs as they could.
“There’s nothing in the eggs though,” Jake announced to the first crowd of participating children. “After you’re done, dump all the eggs back in those buckets (toward the wall). Then when you go back inside, we’re going to fill your buckets and bags full of candy.”
Each age group was excited to collect as many eggs as they could and returned with buckets full of eggs after their turn. Parents snapped photos on their phones to preserve the moment.
The event also offered attendees cookies, cupcakes, water and coffee. There were two bouncy castles, a chance to get a photo taken with the Easter Bunny, and a game that challenged kids to toss eggs into a bucket.
To top it off, each age group had the chance to win a selection of prizes through a raffle. Prizes included a tent fortress, hoverboard and a Nintendo Classic Mini.
One prize winner was 5-year-old Cassidy Koering, who won a Marble Run Super Set from Marble Genius.
“I think it’s awesome that she won the prize,” said her mother Briana. “She was very excited.”
Briana said their family came to the event because they have a friend who works at the church.
Since all of the other Easter events were scheduled to take place over the weekend, Briana said she wanted to participate in a local event before the family set off to visit relatives in Las Vegas for the holiday.
For next year’s Easter egg hunt, the Killins plan to include more activities outdoors as opposed to inside the gym.
“We had some plans for a barrel train and water rockets, and we were not able to do that with not knowing up until the last minute how the weather was going to act,” Laurel said. “We’re hopeful for nice weather next year so we can have even more events and host those outside.”
Mountain View Christian Center is located at 2810 NE 259th St., Ridgefield.
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