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Volunteers, donors sought for Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

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POSTED March 17, 2010 2:57 a.m.
The Manteca Noon Kiwanis is looking for a few generous men, women and businesses to help make the perennially popular Easter egg hunt a success again this year.

They need extra hands to “stuff” approximately 8,000 to 10,000 eggs for the thousands of children expected to show up at Northgate Park for the Saturday, April 2, eggstravaganza starting at 11 a.m. Gates will open at 10 a.m.

Event chairman George Montross said they are also in need of donations for the raffle prizes that will be given away to the children that day. Each youngster participating will receive one ticket for the drawing which will be held at the conclusion of the egg hunt.

The major prizes are three bicycles, one for each of the three age groups in the egg hunt: 0-3 years old, 4-7 years of age, and 8-12 years.

In addition to the bicycles, there will be a variety of prizes that will be drawn, said Montross who is the Noon Kiwanis sergeant-at-arms officer.

“Any monetary donations, bicycles, candy and/or Easter basket donations for this worthwhile event would be greatly appreciated,” Montross said.

Those who would like to help stuff the plastic eggs with “candy and other goodies” are invited to join the group of volunteers at Prestige Senior Living located at 1130 Empire Avenue off East Louise Avenue in Manteca on Tuesday, March 30. They’ll start as early as 9 a.m. but Montross said they will be “rock and rolling by 10 a.m.”
All residents at Prestige Senior Living are all invited to come and lend a hand.

“Last year, many of them participated,” he said.

It was last year that the Noon Kiwanis started using stuffed plastic eggs instead of hand-dyed hardboiled eggs, Montross said.

He said the “conversion to plastic” was instituted last year for the first time in more than 25 years of the annual Easter egg hunt.

“No more dyeing eggs – it’s a mess, and it’s labor intensive because you have to boil all the eggs then hand-dye them,” Montross explained.

He added that they expect to see 1,200 children participate in the April 2 Easter egg hunt.

For more information about the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt or to become a volunteer, call (2090 456-7389.

Donations to the Noon Kiwanis Club are tax deductible. Their Federal Tax identification number is 94-6102280. Donations can be mailed to Noon Kiwanis, P.O. Box 85, Manteca, CA 95336.

If you would like to view some of the club’s other activities, visit their web site at www.mantecakiwanisclub.org.
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