The Boys and Girls Club of Joliet and the Jacob Henry Mansion joined forces Friday to offer an Easter egg hunt to about 100 local kids.
Amanda Moretti, the vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, said this was the first year they were hosting such an event.
Moretti said she also works at the mansion, and she and her co-workers wanted to organize an egg hunt for the children at the club. So they approached Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Kahlil Diab with the idea.
“We found out that a lot of the kids there had no idea that Easter egg hunts or that the Easter Bunny were even a thing,” Moretti said. “So we wanted to give back and give them a true feel of what Easter was.”
Besides getting to hunt for eggs in the mansion’s backyard area, the participants were also treated to lunch and received a number of treats, playing cards, bubbles and even Joliet Police Junior Officer badges. The Joliet fire and police departments donated items for the kids to take home.
Moretti said many of the kids were thrilled they would even get a chance to see the Easter Bunny, and many took the chance to give a high five or take a selfie.
She added that organizers want to continue this as a tradition for years to come. They already do something for their kids around Christmas so that every kid who participates gets a couple of presents.
The Boys and Girls Club of Joliet provides facilities, services and support for about 1,200 children in Joliet between the ages of 6 and 18. The Joliet club was founded in 1951, according to its website.