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Lubbock's First Easter Egg Hunt For Blind And Vision-Impaired Children
Press Release Issued By Alstrom Angels
LUBBOCK, TX - Beep-beep, can you hear the eggs? On Sunday, April 13, 2014 children on the South Plains will hear beeping Easter eggs at Maxey Park for the Alström Angels Beeping Egg Hunt. For the first time, many blind and vision impaired children will get to experience the long-loved Easter tradition with the help of special eggs designed to create an audible beep.
The community event is brought to Lubbock by Alström Angels, a Lubbock-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children diagnosed with Alström Syndrome. The charity focuses on raising funds for medical research and increasing awareness of the rare disease. Alström Syndrome is a genetic disease that affects children with complete blindness, deafness, type 2 diabetes, kidney and liver failure, congestive heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. “Because childhood blindness is such a big part of Alström Syndrome, the Beeping Egg Hunt is a great way for us to raise awareness for all blind and vision impaired children,” said Cassie Johnston, co-founder and executive director of Alström Angels.
According to the Division for Blind Services, there are more than 100 children living with a vision impairment in Lubbock and the surrounding areas. “Children with visual impairments have a difficult time participating in activities like their sighted siblings or peers,” said Jennifer Matlock, blind children’s specialist with the Division for Blind Services in Lubbock. “Events like a beeping Easter egg hunt are adapted to allow them the opportunity to interact and participate with other children. As a result, it helps blind or visually impaired children to feel included in activities just like their sighted siblings or peers.”
An intern for Alström Angels, Haley Howey, said, “Working with Alström Angels has really opened my eyes to the various challenges that children with vision impairments face. I’m so excited for this event to raise awareness for these children.”
The Beeping Egg Hunt is a community event for the whole family to enjoy. All children will be able to participate in the Hunt. Blindfolds will be given to sighted children, and they, like their vision-impaired counterparts, will get to experience what it would be like to hunt eggs without their vision. Alongside the hunting grounds the event will host areas to hit beeping baseballs, a petting zoo, face painting and bounce houses.
Another intern for Alström Angels, Macy Pruitt, stated, “Everyone’s going to have a lot of fun at the event, but I think the sighted kids especially will get a little more out of it by participating in the blindfolded Beeping Egg Hunt. It really is interesting to experience how some of your peers live.”
The Beeping Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Maxey Park from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and is open to the general public. The event will host continuous egg hunts throughout the afternoon, allowing attendees to come and go at their leisure. There is no admission charge to attend the Beeping Egg Hunt and related activities.