Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for Blind Children in Lubbock

Published 04/14 2014 10:23AM

Updated 04/14 2014 10:40AM

LUBBOCK, TX -- For the very first time several blind or vision impaired children were able to go on an Easter Egg hunt Sunday in Lubbock. A group called Alström Angels set up eggs in Maxey Park to be found by their beeping sound instead of their bright colors or decorative designs.

“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.

Alström Syndrome is a genetic disease that causes blindness and other serious medical problems. Sunday’s event was not confined to those with Alström Syndrome. Even children with normal sight were invited to use a blindfold and hunt for beeping eggs.

The plastic eggs are not filled with candy but instead they contain a battery and a beeper. Kids find the eggs and trade them in for candy.

“It’s kind of like trick-or-treating for eggs,” Johnston said.

Alström quotes state officials as saying there are more than 100 children in the greater Lubbock area with blindness or severe vision impairment.

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