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An egg hunt with some helpful twists

A local organization is planning a special Easter egg hunt this spring.

L.I.F.E., Inc. – Center for Independent Living in Farmington is hosting a special hunt for children up to age 14 who have a disability. The hunt is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on April 1 at the VFW Hall Post #5741, located at 600 E. Woodlawn Dr.

Registration is required to participate, and can be done by contacting the L.I.F.E. Center, Inc. at 800-596-7273.

This is the second year for the hunt. Last year there were 65 participants.

Stacey Wright is with center and says the hunt is divided into three different time periods – noon to 2 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. – in order to make accommodations for the children participating in the hunt.

“And, that’s what it’s all about,” she said, adding most Easter egg hunts aren’t equipped for children with disabilities. “We wanted to make this a chance for kids to be kids, look for eggs on their own time and be comfortable with no worries.”

The center makes accommodations based on the child’s disability. For example, noisy eggs are used for children with vision impairments and a quiet room with low lights and textures to hunt in are used for those on the autism spectrum.

“We want to make it accommodating for every individual child so they can enjoy it,” she said.

The center is also accepting donations of prizes for the hunt or cash prizes for the center’s staff to use in preparation.

“We’re going to have craft tables and a staff member is going to barbecue,” she said. “As a non-profit, it could really help us out if the community can be involved.”

Wright said all donations are tax-deductible and the center will also get the word out about those making donations towards the hunt.

Those wishing to make a donation are asked to call Wright at 800-596-7273.

“Any help we can get from the community is great,” she said. “We appreciate it.”

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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