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Visually impaired youths follow beeping Easter eggs

Hearing was believing for children with vision problems at one Easter egg hunt last weekend.

Youngsters thrive on the excitement from Easter egg hunts, so Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind didn’t want their youthful members to feel left out. Plastic eggs emitted a beeping noise so the children could locate them by sound, organizers explained.

Scores of children darted around the field to find the prizes at the Cotee River Lions Club grounds. Most coveted were the eggs bearing the design of Spider-Man’s mask.

“It’s a time where the families all get together and it’s a cool time of the year,” Bob Memoli said as a board member for the Lighthouse.

“Every year we have this Easter egg hunt for the sighted and unsighted children, so that the brothers and sisters can go together and hunt eggs,” Memoli elaborated. “The Lions Club a few years ago provided these eggs that have a little sound in it. So the unsighted children can still hear the beep and they find the eggs.” Eggs can be redeemed for prizes.

A picnic, games such as hokey pokey and coloring contest were among other holiday festivities for the youths and families.

Sylvia Perez, the executive director of Lighthouse, thanked other guests. Chasco Fiesta’s King Pithla Dave Parris and Queen Chasco Candace Bell Glewen appeared. New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart serves as a Lighthouse board member.

Ken Huber with the Cotee River Lions Club made arrangements. About 15 volunteers in the Leo Club teen program of the Lions Club helped plant the Easter eggs.

State Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey, also stopped by after returning from Tallahassee.

The nonprofit organization provides free services to youthful clients through programs such as the Little Lighthouse for children up to age 5.

For information call (727) 815-0303 or visit the office at 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey.

(727) 815-1068

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