More than 200 young people gathered at New Bethel AME Zion Church and the Dobbins Heights Park on Easter Monday for the 26th annual Egg Hunt prepared by the Auxiliary of Dobbins Heights.
Parents and children under the age of 12 were greeted by Gracie C. Jackson and Minister Linda Ross. The children were led in a beautiful devotion and greetings were given by Mayor Antonio Blue. Pastor Bula Legrand was absent due to a previous illness.
By special request at last year’s egg hunt, Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. filled a promise by returning and speaking againt ot he children about bullying. The children enjoyed each minute of the lecture.
Groups of children were escorted to the park by community leaders and the sheriff’s officer personnel, where older youth had gathered and the fun began.
Lucky eggs were found by Diqavion Fields, Ja’mire Wall, Sally Taylor, Destiny Hailey, Jaden Woodard and Quali McKennon.
Callie Martin led a group of ladies in preparation of food served at lunch time. Chief cooks at the grills were Ronnie Martin and Waddell Dockery. Long lines were formed to get hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, slaw, onions, chili and drinks. Each person got a nice lunch.
Thanks to the residents of the community, Hamlet, Rockingham and out-of-state people for helping to sponsor our egg hunt.
The community welcomed Ms. Bright, who talked with some young girls about organizing a Girl Scouts troop which the Town Council encouraged. Thanks to the auxiliary of men and women, the town workers and other community residents for your help. Children and adults young and old, including longtime resident Lilly Young, attended the event.
Thanks also to Ronnie Martin, Callie Martin, Arletha Hailey, Halena Jackson, Ronald Nicholson, Ethel Martin, Mary Ann Gibson, Angeline David and Gracie Jackson for working Sunday afternoon preparing nearly 1,000 eggs — more than 83 dozen of them.