An estimated 150 kids filled baskets, buckets and bags at Brookfield Township’s annual Easter egg hunt on April 13 at the Brookfield Township Administration Building, said Police Chief Dan Faustino.
“The weather was good this year,” he said. “It’s a great community event.”
The hunt has been going on for well over 20 years, supported by donations of money, goods and time.
Kids loaded up with eggs filled with candy and tickets that they could trade for Easter baskets stuffed with toys and more candy, or large stuffed animals.
After the hunt, families gathered in the administration building to visit with Thumper, a friend of the Easter bunny, enjoy cookies and drinks and inventory their hauls.
Donors were the Brookfield Township Police Association; Brookfield Township Volunteer Fire Department; Hermitage Wal-Mart; TMK Ipsco; Brookfield Optimist Club; Brookfield Rotary Club; Sam’s Club; Brookfield Sparkle Market; Mr. D’s Food Fair, Brookfield; Daffin’s Candies, Sharon and Farrell; Philadelphia Candies, Hermitage; and six individuals who wish to remain anonymous.
Cash and gift card donations totaled $715, and 15 bags of candy and buckets also were donated.
Money that is not spent this year will be used to start on supplies for next year. Faustino said organizers will go to after-Easter sales to buy goods at marked-down prices.
Township policemen, firefighters, trustees and other employees and their family members; K9 SOS; Brookfield High School students; and members of the Brookfield Optimist Club worked before and on hunt day to set up, clean up, serve refreshments and help kids choose the prizes they earned with their tickets.