Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem
KINGMAN — Calling all stuffed animals.
The Venture Club of Kingman is looking for donations of stuffed chicks, bunnies, ducks or other cuddly creatures for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt. The group, which is a non-profit organization, is heading up the event this year for the first time.
The Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 11 a.m. April 20 on the ball fields in Centennial Park, 3333 Harrison St. Stuffed animals can be dropped off at Big O Tires, 1942 E Andy Devine Ave., Frozen Yogurt Island, 3880 Stockton Hill Rd. Suite 104 or at the Del E Webb Wellness Center, 1719 Beverly Ave. The last day to donate is April 18.
“We are looking forward to extending the event to more than just the kids finding a few eggs and running off,” said Tonya Baxley, service chairperson for the Venture Club of Kingman. “We’ll include a few games, some dancing music such as the bunny hop and hula hoops. It won’t be the undertaking that the Fall Festival is, but it’ll be a nice afternoon in the park for families.”
Baxley said there has not been a stuffed-animal drive in the past, so the group isn’t sure what to expect. They will be adding raffle tickets to some of the eggs so children can collect stuffed animals, chocolate bunnies and Easter baskets, along with their candy. There is no limit on size or price of the animals.
There will be three age-specific fields –1-4 years, 5-9 years and 10-14 years — and no adults will be allowed on them. A family field is provided for those who want to hunt together. Volunteer helpers will be present to assist when needed with the 20,000 eggs that will be hidden in the park.
The Venture Club of Kingman took over the Easter Egg Hunt this year after learning about the need for assistance from the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department. Yvonne Cossio, recreation superintendent, said the city couldn’t get sponsorships because it isn’t a non-profit like the Venture Club.
“It makes it so the event can be free,” said Cossio. “They also have a pool of volunteers, and the city would have to pay the workers. “I’m glad they’re doing it the way they are. Going back to the age groups will be a good thing.”
Baxley agreed. “Some people were a little too focused on helping their children that others were getting run over in the process. We want to make sure everyone, no matter how tiny, can enjoy the day.”
For more information, contact the Venture Club of Kingman on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VentureClubKingmanAZ/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.