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Easter egg hunt, outdoor activities brighten children plagued by quarantine

By Jurry Taalib-Deen
Journal Staff Writer

“When you hear a cow go mow, off the karaoke machine, then y’all can run and get your eggs,” was the order given to the children as they impatiently waited to start an Easter egg hunt. When the cow was heard, the children took off running, some running into each other, but all laughing or smiling while picking up as many eggs as possible.

Khloe Washington paints 11 year old, J.J. Thompsons face with the letters, MVP.

That scene was Saturday, March 27 in a field adjacent to the Oak Grove Estates in Holland, Ohio. Besides the Easter egg hunt, there were games, prizes, free food, Easter Baskets and much more.

The event was organized by Catherine Productions, Beverly Lear, CEO, and  Early Bird Basketball Clinic, Best Creation and Amazing Grace Baptist Church as co-sponsors.

Ms. Lear told The Toledo Journal that Catherine Productions adopted Oak Grove Estates for the Easter holiday.

“Now that the weather is getting better, we wanted the children to get out and enjoy the outdoors, especially after being, mostly confined to indoors, due to the quarantine brought about by the Coronavirus,” she explained.

Nevaeh White, right and Mylai Parcher show off their hula hooping skills.
Shalicia Deloney paints the hand of six year old, Dezire Bufford.

Ms. Lear added that everyone in attendance had their temperature checked and Covid-19 mandates were encouraged.

“I love the turnout. During the pandemic, sometimes we, as adults, forget what the children are going through. So today, we wanted to bring a type of carnival environment to this part of town,” she said.

Valerie Golladay, resident services coordinator for Oak Grove Estates, said “This is very beneficial to this area, being that there’s really nothing out here for the children to do, and many parents don’t have cars. Today gives the children an opportunity to get some exercise and just enjoy the day.”

Organizers of the event are, from left, Linda Fitzpatrick, Faye Koonce, Angel Sawyer, Tiffonee Young, Tim Evans, Sheila Anderson, Beverly Lear, Connie Jones, Trae McCadney, “Lady K” and Val Golloday.

Due to the success of the Easter egg hunt, as well as other past events hosted by Catherine Productions, Ms. Lear said they’ve been asked to host various other events at LMHA properties throughout the Toledo Greater Metropolitan area. Several of those venues include Elmdale Court, Vistula Manor, Wiley Homes and Ravine Park Village.

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