Hundreds of children gathered to Kit McConnico Park on Good Friday for Lufkin’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Volunteers scattered eggs about the fields at the park as children waited in anticipation of their opportunity to fill their baskets.

As in previous years, Lufkin’s Parks & Recreations Department teamed up with City Church of Lufkin and KFOX95 to make the hunt possible for Lufkin’s youth.

“We launched for things like this, to be a church for our city, to love people,” said Eric Barton, City Church Lufkin pastor.

“Any opportunity we have to be a part of something like this, we do it. We just believe serving Jesus is the best thing in the world and want to help people do that.”

The egg hunt was initially slated for April 14, but storms forced rescheduling the event.

“We were just determined to reschedule and make it happen,” Barton said. “I’m glad we were able to, here on Good Friday, the day where we celebrate Jesus and what he did for us. It worked out perfect.”

Hunts were divvied up by age and held one after the other to keep the event active and to give children fair opportunities to get the candy-filled eggs.

Five-year-old Dacoda Payne managed to collect 20 eggs during her hunt, her second of the year.

‘’I did an Easter egg hunt at school, too,” she said.

Eight-year-old Emma Villarreal collected 17 during her age group’s hunt. She too participated in prior egg hunts, which she finds fun.

“I’ve been going all my life,” she said.

Overall, the event had a large turnout, which Barton had hoped for after the delay. Most satisfying of all to him, however, was helping with a fun activity to bring some happiness to the local youth.

“Seeing the kids smile, and just being able to share some love, the love of Jesus in a practical way,” Barton said. “To see these kids walking away smiling ... that’s the greatest part.”

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