Helper – Without egg hunt, area children still given surprise

Annalee Thompson hides Easter goodies on a lawn in Richfield Friday afternoon. Thompson, a member of the Richfield City Youth City Council, was one of more than a dozen youth volunteers who helped the Easter Bunny.

The Richfield City Recreation Department was planning on trying something new this Easter weekend by hosting a community egg hunt.

“The Elk’s Lodge had done one for years,” said Sherrie Christensen, recreation director. She said the department received donations and started the work of organizing the hunt.

“The businesses were so generous to donate,” Christensen said. 

Everything was on track to renew a tradition for the city. 

Then the coronavirus hit, and like a lot of things, plans for an Easter egg hunt on the Richfield Lions Park came screeching to a halt. 

“It’s not like we could just keep this stuff for a year,” Christensen said. 

So instead of having children attend a large, mass gathering egg hunt, the idea was floated of bringing the hunt to the children. 

“Our youth city council and the Sevier County 4H teen council volunteered to help us deliver,” Christensen said. 

The recreation department put the call out on its social media, and before long 180 families had signed up to participate from Aurora to Annabella. 

So Friday afternoon, youths showed up at the Richfield City Offices at intervals of 10 minutes. They picked up boxes full of candy and other treats and routes with addresses. 

Each route had several places where deliveries had to be made. The Easter Bunny helpers hid the goods on front lawns. 

“We had a great response,” Christensen said. While the original plans of hosting a two-hour party on the park, with the Easter egg hunt serving as the finale, didn’t come to fruition, Christensen said the alternative turned out well. 

“It is a chance for our youth council to give some service,” Christensen said. 

The application period to be a part of next year’s youth city council is set to start Friday, May 1. 

“We will be doing an online application this year,” said Erin Thompson, who helps with the council. 

The council is open to youths in ninth through 12th grade in the Richfield area. For more information, email erin@richfieldcity.com.

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