Coastal Bend children who are blind or visually impaired often struggle to keep up with their sighted peers when it comes to finding Easter treasures.
But not this year.
The Corpus Christi Police Department Bomb Squad is once again joining South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind and the Health & Human Services Blind Children's Program to host a unique Easter egg hunt. On Saturday, March 24th they are invited to participate in the 5th annual Beeping Eggstravaganza for the Blind.
This is a free event and will be held at Whataburger Field this year from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. It is exclusively for children who are blind or visually impaired and their immediate family members.
So how do children who are blind or visually impaired find Easter eggs?
The larger than average, brightly colored eggs beep. This allows children to use their hearing, rather than their sight, to guide them to the eggs. And new this year, their siblings will have the opportunity to be placed under blindfold and use canes to join in the hunt so that they can better relate to what their brother/sister lives with on a daily basis.
Corpus Christi Police Department Bomb Squad technicians constructed the beeping eggs, using a switch buzzer, a 9 volt battery and a toggle switch.
In addition to the egg hunt, participants will have access to all the activities provided in Kids Zone at Whataburger Field, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and lots of surprises that have not previously been available. Organizers say that every child will leave with an Easter basket full of goodies, a stuffed animal and wonderful memories of this very special event.
Those who would like to participate should call Alana Manrow with South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind at (361) 693-6183.
To learn more, visit www.stlb.net.
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