Last updated: April 30. 2014 9:53AM - 860 Views
By Shirley Russell sbarron@civitasmedia.com

Shirley Russell|The Thomaston TimesThis youngster came with both his vest and his Easter Egg hunting face on.
Shirley Russell|The Thomaston TimesThis youngster came with both his vest and his Easter Egg hunting face on.
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“Where was the Easter Egg Bunny in Lincoln Park?” This is the question many home owners are asking because of the absence of children and families on Sunday. The Strike Rite Mens Club sponsors the famous Easter Egg Hunt each year for years, but there was not much participation at all this year. According to Leroy Terry, Presidents of the Strike Rite Club,

But the small turnout didn’t discourage club members, according to Strike Rite President Leroy Terry.

“We have always done this every year,” Terry said, “and we will continue to serve the children of this community and all surrounding communities, including their families, on this day!”

The Strike Rite Mens Club has been sponsoring this event for at least 15 years, with 12 members participating at present. Some members leave and some are added each year as replacements. They continue to strive to keep the momentum going in the community with support of different events.

Lack of participation did not stop the children who did attend from enjoying the Sunday Easter Egg Hunt, because they were eagerly waiting for the prizes to be given away. The children hunted the real eggs donated by the club and some were eating them afterwards. There were several Easter Baskets given to the lucky egg finders, and golden money eggs given away for the amount of $25 per golden egg.

“My children have always came to the hunt and now my grandchildren are coming,” Kenyatta Robinson commented. “We appreciate the Strike Rite Club for supporting the community.”

The Easter Egg Hunt also held a dance contest won by several children doing their best to be the best dancer for this Easter. There were many winners because all the children had smiles on their face, even though they did not win anything. Many of the children enjoyed the music by the disc jockey Jeffrey Hobbs, who brings this type of entertainment for the children each year with a smile and a kind heart.

There was food given away and sponsored by the Strike Rite Mens Club. Food consisted of hot dogs, and hamburgers with slaw, potato chips, baked beans, and drink. There were the usual volunteers serving the food, which the club would like to give thanks of appreciation for their volunteer service and dedication. Many of the adults were supportive of the children and the club for bringing this type of entertainment to the community each year. They showed their support by being there with their children, sitting around, and watching the children enjoy the entertainment from the Easter Egg Hunt event.

Mr. Harvey Ferguson was enjoying the music and watching the children from his wheelchair. He consistently nodded showing his appreciation to the many events going on at the present. He was even kind enough to show his love with a hug to anyone and everyone.

Pollie Alexander called Mr. Ferguson the “community dad” and stated, “I will give my community dad a hug any day of the week and not just Easter Sunday.”

The Strike Rite Mens Club would like to extend thanks to all of the supporters of this year event and would like to make sure the community knows they will continue to do this event each year.

“This event will go on even if just ten children attend, commented Leroy Holt. “It is about the children and not the adults or partying. We are here for the children of the different communities to bring them together in harmony, and that is why we do this each year. This event is from the hearts of many people and we will keep that mission in mind.”

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