Beeping Easter Eggs Give Blind & Visually Impaired a Chance to Participate in Egg Hunt
An interactive egg hunt is giving the blind and visually impaired a chance to fill their Easter baskets. The Winston-Salem Police Department Bomb Squad is hosting the fourth annual “Spring Eggsplosion” at Reynolda Village.
Nearly 100 beeping eggs have been designed and assembled by the squad. The event gives those without the ability to see the opportunity to participate in a traditional Easter egg hunt.
“We have the ability to build the eggs because of our skill set and I know that this is something that they don't always get to do, so we want just them to enjoy it. If one person shows up or 100 people show up, as long as they have fun that is all that matters,” says Cpl. Angie Swaim, who is organizing this year’s egg hunt.
Swaim says any blind or visually impaired adult or child, and their family is invited to attend the event. She says several eggs have been sent out all over the country, so others can participate in this program. Beeping eggs have also been sent to 36 itinerant pre-school teachers in North Carolina for use as a teaching aid.
Swaim says in addition to the egg hunt, there will be a variety of games and different activities for participants to enjoy.
“We’ll have a balloon artist there, we’ll have Tatter Tot, who is a miniature horse, The Lion's Club and the Industries for the Blind will also be there. Of course, the bomb squad will be there with the robot and the suit,” says Swaim.
The Winston–Salem event for the blind and visually impaired will take place at Reynolda Village on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. - Noon. Another Beeping Easter egg hunt will be held on April 12 at the Gov. Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh.
(WFDD Intern Molly Burke also contributed to this report.)