If you asked most kids what their favorite part of Easter was, they would probably say one thing: the Easter Egg Hunt.
If you’ve ever been to a big community Easter egg hunt, you probably know that although it’s fun, it’s also hectic. Kids are running everywhere, trying to collect as many colored plastic eggs as possible.
Bomb technician David Hyche was disappointed that his blind daughter, Rachel, couldn’t participate in traditional Easter egg hunts, so he decided to do something about it.
Normally, an adult had to lead Rachel around and place her hand on eggs, but that wasn’t much fun for her.
Rachel wasn’t even two years old yet, but David saw how independent she was and wanted her to be able to complete an Easter egg hunt by herself.
After searching online for solutions to this Easter egg hunt dilemma, David found instructions on the website of the Blind Children’s Center in Los Angeles, California, that changed everything.
Using the information he found, David built his own beeping egg for Rachel — that way she could find it using her ears instead of her eyes.
When he posted the picture of the special egg and his daughter on Reddit, a social forum, thousands of people saw it.
Within a day, over 50,000 people liked it, commending David on his creativity.
According to the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, David asked his coworkers and members of the local police departments and bomb squads for help putting together a total of 40 beeping eggs.
David wanted to put together an Easter egg hunt in Birmingham, Alabama, where they live, just for visually impaired children.
Although the kids could still find Easter eggs by feeling around the ground and environment, traditional plastic Easter eggs don’t take advantage of their other senses.
At the event David hosted, 11 blind or visually impaired children took part in the Easter egg hunt.
The children’s parents and teachers were thrilled with the event and were so glad that their kids could participate.
Some of the kids even took the eggs home with them, using them as educational tools (and toys) at home to practice locating and retrieving items.
Since the first event David hosted in Birmingham in 2006, he’s continued to run the Easter egg hunt every year.
The next year there were 150 children, and the year after that they had to host two separate events to accommodate all the children who wanted to participate.
In the years that followed, children of all ability levels began attending the Easter egg hunt — some were in wheelchairs, some were deaf, some had very limited mobility — but they all found eggs and had a wonderful time.
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