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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Goodman Easter egg hunt: 1,040 eggs, 250 kids

  • An estimated 250 children showed up for an early Easter egg hunt at the Goodman ballpark Saturday.


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  • An estimated 250 children showed up for an early Easter egg hunt at the Goodman ballpark Saturday.
    Each of the 1,040 eggs was filled with two pieces of candy and a nickel and for three lucky winners, a gold token gave them a $50 gift card to Dollar General.
    “I like it a lot because I might get $50,” said Sebastian Patrick.
    While he did not find one of the gold coins, he did have a collection of hamburger-shaped candy and lots of nickels.
    After all the eggs were found and the $50 coupons redeemed, one family returned their coupon, asking it go to a family in need. The card went to a single mom of six, moving out of town that day.
    Every business in town contributed towards the egg hunt, said Barb Hautz, Dollar General manager. Opened eight months ago, the store is one of the newer businesses in the area, but she helped organize the hunt, get donations together and worked with the Betterment Committee to stuff and hide all the eggs.
    “If it wasn’t for our community,” Hautz said, “we would not have been able to put this on.”
    Girl Scouts sold cookies at the event, loaning boxes to children who did not have anything to put their eggs in.
    Mayor Calvin Wilson received a donation of 90 basketballs and 150 footballs that were passed out to the children.
    “We’re real pleased the weather was nice enough for us do this,” Wilson said.