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100s of children attend annual Walmart Easter egg hunt

By JR Ortega
April 3, 2010 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.

Alianna Garcia, 4, was just one of more than 100 children who hunted for 10,000 Easter eggs at the Walmart Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning.

A colorful array of 4,000 plastic Easter eggs lay on the spongy, green spring grass.

Alianna Garcia, 4, readied her wooden basket in her left hand and waited for Brother Gary Moses, the emcee, to yell "Go!" at the Walmart SuperCenter Easter egg hunt Saturday morning.

Alianna was just one of hundreds of area children who came out for the free egg hunt, which included candy, prizes and concession stands.

"We came out just to give the kids something to do," said Renee Garcia, Alianna's mother. "They can have a good time, see friends and get as many eggs as they can."

About 10,000 eggs were boxed and loaded for the three egg hunts grouped by ages.

There was a deeper message to the hunt, said Karen Wood, egg hunt coordinator and Walmart employee.

"All proceeds from the concession stand go to the Children's Miracle Network," she said.

About $500 is raised each year between the selling of the hot dogs, Frito pies and drinks at the stand.

It takes several weeks to pack all the eggs with candy and prizes, she said.

For Wood, there is still nothing like seeing hundreds of children race to the sea of eggs before them.

"You just see them all smiling, laughing and see them all trying to get the same egg," she said with a smile.

It was the Garcia family's first time to come to the event, but it was a fun precursor to the Easter the family is going to spend Sunday, Alianna's mother said.

The family plans to spend another Easter with their 93-year-old grandfather.

"As long as he's here, we'll be celebrating with him," she said.



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