Community members put Easter egg hunt together at Urlas

Children gather eggs throughout a playground at Urlas Community.

Story and photos by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

ANSBACH, Germany (April 19, 2017) – Community members, in conjunction with several on-post partner organizations, put together an Easter egg hunt Saturday at Urlas Community.

Rebecca Rivera, community member at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, organized the event, coordinating with several on-post groups.

Chaplain (Maj.) Jesse McCullough, right, USAG Ansbach Religious Support Office, stands with Rebecca Rivera to relay instructions on the Easter egg hunt.

“Everybody that I talked to gave a little bit, and every little bit added to a lot,” said Rivera.

Volunteers from Child and Youth Services; Ansbach Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club; Protestant Women of the Chapel; and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps stuffed eggs.  Many other organizations provided support in the form of candy and plastic eggs. Members of the JROTC along with the Rivera family and a few others hid the eggs.

Heather Luna, a member of the ASCC, praised Rivera and her family, for their efforts.

“The Rivera family is so amazing,” said Luna. “They have such a big heart for the community, and they have put together such an awesome event.”

On the chill afternoon, the children gathered at the edge of a field, next to the basketball court, and at the gate of a playground, in anticipation of when they would be allowed to gather eggs. Once the signal was given, they rushed into their zones, scouring their areas for plastic eggs. The youngest groups had help from their parents. The organizers held some eggs back to give to the children who only scavenged a few. The Easter Bunny was also on hand to hand out sweets.

After the main egg-gathering event, the teenagers took part in an egg-tossing contest to win a prize candy basket.

The event was put together in partnership with Child and Youth Services, Community Bank, Service Credit Union, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Commissary, the Ansbach Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club Thrift Shop, and the USAG Ansbach Religious Support Office.

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