It took only a very few short moments for the community's little lambs to seek out the pounds of chocolate and other candied treats that had been placed by friendly Lions of the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club for them to find and enjoy as an Easter treat.
The pre-Easter candy rush for community kids aged four to 10 has been a tradition hosted by club members for at least 30 years, according to one club member's estimate. Not only is the annual event a treat for the kids and their families; with a longevity over decades it has become in some cases a multi-generational family tradition that helps strengthen community ties.
The dash for the candy stash took place on the grassy knoll behind St. Philip's Mission last Saturday. The dozens of excited youth who attended and participated in the festival with their siblings, parents and grandparents enjoyed the fun family event under sunny skies. Daylight had dawned under threatening skies. But the clouds obediently parted and went away just as the 10 a.m. starting time for the egg hunt arrived.
Some local businesses and other community organizations donated candy, and even a number of woven Easter baskets to help the Lions stage the event, according to club members.
The annual Easter egg hunt is only one of the community service projects that are conducted by the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club every year. The club members raise local funds for their local projects including scholarships and other school support largely by hosting cookout meals during the summertime community events and through the bimonthly bingo nights the club sponsors at the Civic Center.
The club has recently welcomed two new members. Anyone interested in joining with this active, community-focused group may call Lions Club president Ray Hanson at 856-3374, or Bill Miller at 856-6153.