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Longview mission hosts egg hunt

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas rescue mission hosts an Easter egg hunt designed to give those, who may not have much, a reason to celebrate.

"We've done it today with in the kids in our shelter. We've done it today in this neighborhood, and just wanted to share with them what the true meaning of Easter is about," says Longview's Highway 80 rescue mission director Eric Burger.

With all the fervor of innocent youth, around 100 children raced out to collect the 10-thousand Easter eggs that workers with the mission had laid out in the park behind the mission.

"I think it was really fun just watching the kids go out there run around looking for the eggs," says parent Gustavo Mendez.

The event was open to the public, but particularly to needy families and women and children from the House of Hope shelter.

"Some of these families are low income some have had job loss and we want to make sure that they know they are loved, this community has not forgotten them," Burger says.

Some kids were even given new bicycles. For the parents, it was a chance to see this holiday weekend though their children's eyes.

"Its not even about the candy its about finding the eggs," Mendez says.

"Its awesome," says 7 year old Joshua Wilson.

"They're having fun, and we're loving on them and we love doing that," says Burger.

It took volunteers over 2 hours to hide all the eggs. It took the kids less than 5 minutes to find them all. The bicycles, candy and eggs were all donated for the event.

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