Children with visual impairments join in on the Easter festivities at the third annual Beeping Eggstravaganza for the Blind.
By: Alana Manrow
The Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) Bomb Squad, South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind and DARS-Division for Blind Services have joined forces to host a unique Easter egg hunt for children who might otherwise struggle to keep up with their sighted peers when it comes to finding Easter treasures. On Saturday, March 19, more than 30 children who are blind or visually impaired and their immediate family will participate in the third annual Beeping Eggstravaganza for the Blind at Buc Stadium. This is a free event for the children and their families.
So how do children who are blind or visually impaired find Easter eggs? The larger-than-average, brightly colored eggs beep, allowing the children to use their hearing to guide them to the eggs. This year, siblings will also have the opportunity to be placed under blindfold and use canes to hunt for the beeping eggs so that they can better relate to what their brother/sister lives with on a daily basis.
Family members and/or volunteers will also be on hand to assist the children if needed. So your next question must be, How do you make the eggs beep? CCPD Bomb Squad technicians constructed the beeping eggs using a switch buzzer, a 9-volt battery, a toggle switch and that little “whatchamacallit” that keeps the pizza box from falling in on your pizza.
“It is our pleasure to be involved with this event, and we are looking forward to growing it year after year,” said Capt. David Cook of the CCPD. All three presenting organizations are working hard to make this a most memorable event for all participants.
Other activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts, inflatables, a duck pond and lunch. Donations from the community are most welcome so that we can make this a memorable event for all participants!
If you have any questions about the event or the presenting organizations, please call Alana Manrow at 361-815-2218.
Photo courtesy of Beeping Eggstravaganza for the Blind