Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by WPPD and CCSO

Officer Raven Ross is getting ready for the West Point Police Department, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Easter Egg Hunt, from 10 a.m. - noon,  Saturday, March 24, at Sally Kate Winters Park.
Staff Writer

The West Point Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff's Office are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt for area children from 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, March 24, at Sally Kate Winters Park.

"We have the Easter Egg Hunt March 24, and the ball March 31," Linda Mitchell, event coordinator, said. "We cannot express how much we appreciate the community's support. Our Ball is already sold out. The tickets sold very quickly this year and all seats are gone. We have never sold out this soon before. We hope everyone who bought a ticket will attend and enjoy the music, food and fellowship together."

The WPPD and the CCSO are gearing up for a visit from everyone's favorite bunny, March 24, at SKW Park.

"We will hide 2,000 eggs," Captain Virginia Rich said, while wearing a set of rabbit ears," They will have candy inside, there will be prizes and grand prizes, face painting and all sorts of fun."

Chief of Police Avery Cook said this is just one way to reach out to the community. He wants the WPPD to be visible, not only to adults but to children, as well.

"We want the kids in the community to recognize us," Cook said. "We want to be the ones they know they can turn to if they need help. If they are lost or afraid, the police officers or sheriff's deputies are always there to help. We want to be approachable and accessible to everyone, especially children. We are planning to have more interactive opportunities within our community in the future."

Children must have parental supervision at the event. They need to bring their own baskets, but plastic eggs will be provided.

"There may be two Easter Bunnies," Rich said. "We will have one for parents to take photos of with the children and maybe another one just hanging out and watching the fun, interacting with the children. It will be a lot of fun for everyone."

The Easter Bunny will also have helpers at the event to keep everyone safe. Children will be separated into age groups for finding the hidden eggs.

"We will have a limit on how many eggs the children can find," Rich said. "We need to see how many children will be at the park to hunt eggs that morning. We want to invite families from all over the county and the city to participate."

Cook said this is another way for local law enforcement to build strong bonds within the community they serve.