What happens when you give twenty-five seniors four thousand plastic eggs, eleven thousand pieces of candy, thirty rolls of tape, fifteen volunteers, and a single afternoon? You get Royalton Woods’ annual North Royalton Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt Service Project.
Residents, staff, and volunteers of Royalton Woods have been supporters of our local children’s hunt for Easter treats for the past 10 years. On March 15, the residents, staff, and volunteers gathered in the Community Room at Royalton Woods armed with tape and joy to tackle this momentous project. The residents particularly look forward to this opportunity to give to our local children. The knowledge that their work will bring smiles to hundreds of children warms their live.
Lois Smejkel said, “I think we are going to be dreaming about eggs in our sleep tonight.” Donita Arena and Dorothy Mehosky added, “We have been filling these eggs for four years now. We love helping with them as as much as the rising temperatures.”
Royalton Woods staff said that this year’s service project provided four thousand eggs and one hundred twenty-five cookies for the North Royalton Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt that was held March 20 at Memorial Park. Even though the first day of spring came with 35 degrees and snow, the couple hundred kids from our area did not flinch. They came to collect their candy-filled eggs. The new playground at Memorial Park was a beautiful venue to search for eggs. Some families have been attending for years, and look forward to this fun family event.
The children were lined up by age groups: 4 and under, 5-to-7 years old 8-10. And with a 3-2-1 countdown, the children left the pavement armed with their buckets or plastic bags and began the task of collecting every Easter Egg they could find.
Kiwanis Club members who have been sponsoring the egg hund for more than 30 years, along with the Easter Bunny (Ryan Sexton) and members of the North Royalton High School’s Key Club, spread thousands of Easter Eggs on the grounds.
After the initial batch of eggs was collected, Key Club members walked through the grounds dropping even more eggs to insure that all the children, both big and small, got their share.
Kiwanis and Royalton Woods wish to thank all the dedicated volunteers for their ongoing efforts to enrich the lives of our residents and the community as a whole.