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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.


Telling the story of Easter can be both fun and educational. Here is one way explains how to get across the message of Easter through eggs.

Put a cracker into the first egg, along with the scripture Mark 14:22-24 to represent the Last Supper.

Put a small cup into the second egg, along with the scripture Luke 22:42-44, to represent the time Jesus spent in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Put three dimes into the third egg, along with the scriptures Matthew 26:14-15 and Matthew 26:47-49, to represent Judas betraying Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver.

Put a small piece of knotted twine into the fourth egg with the scripture Matthew 27:28-30 to represent Jesus being bound and taken before Pilate.

Put a small piece of soap into the fifth egg with the scripture Matthew 27:24-26. Pilate washed his hands of the affair and allowed Jesus to be crucified.

Put a piece of red cloth and a thorn into the sixth egg with the scripture Matthew 27:28-30 to represent the scarlet robe and crown of thorns that were placed on Jesus.

Glue toothpicks together in the shape of a cross and put them in the seventh egg with the nail. Include the scripture John 19:16-19 to represent the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Soak a cotton ball or sponge in vinegar and place it in the eighth egg. Jesus was given vinegar to drink.

Put a white cloth in the ninth egg with the scripture Matthew 27:57-60 to represent Joseph wrapping Jesus' body in white cloth.

Place small rocks and a single, larger round stone into the 10th egg. Include the scripture Matthew 27:62-66 to represent the tomb Jesus was laid in and the rock used to seal the entrance.

Place spices onto the small piece of cloth and tie it closed with the string. Place this bag of spices into the 11th egg with the scripture Mark 16:1-3 to represent Mary coming to anoint the body with spices.

Leave the 12th egg empty except for a piece a paper with the scripture Mark 16:4-6 to represent the empty tomb.


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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