A mad rush of children scampered through the mud Saturday afternoon shortly after a helicopter dumped thousands of Easter eggs onto the River Fields at Pennypack on the Delaware.
The “Easter Experience,” co-hosted by CityReach Church and Sixth District Councilman Bobby Henon’s office, drew a large crowd despite the threat of rain. The Tacony church estimated that 10,000 people attended the event.
“It’s a little overwhelming, but exciting,” CityReach Pastor Mark Novales said minutes before the egg drop. “We’re just honored by the opportunity to serve people.”
Novales said his church, based at 6814 Torresdale Ave., was planning for about 1,000 people. He said CityReach will know to prepare for more people next year.
“It shows the popularity of Easter and the coming together of a community,” said Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger, who also showed up for the event.
In addition to a 30,000-egg hunt, the Easter Experience featured activities for toddlers, face painting, balloon animals, music and photos with the Easter Bunny. CityReach also distributed around 1,000 boxes of food to those in need.
Frankford Candy donated 10,000 eggs, and Easter Outreach also served as a co-host of the event. Sponsors included Walmart, the Tacony Community Development Corporation, AmeriHealth Caritas, the Tacony Civic Association, Sannutti Funeral Home, Wawa Community Cares, St. Bernard Catholic Church, The Block Church and Dunkin’ Donuts. ••