YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local block watch and church are partnering to bring a first of its kind Easter egg hunt to Youngstown’s South Side.
Fr. Greg Maturi, pastor of St. Dominic Church, and ICU block watch member Victoria Allen have decided to turn a vacant lot into a family zone.
The property, owned by the church, is located next to 59 E. Lucius Ave.The plan is to hide hundreds of plastic eggs and let area kids loose to find them.
Each child will leave with a bag of candy, and other prizes will be up for grabs, including bicycles.
Fr. Maturi said it’s all about getting to know neighbors and building relationships.
“We want to celebrate Easter as a community here in the neighborhood,” Maturi said. “Easter is very important. It is one of the most important feasts for the Christian faith, so we want to celebrate it as a community.”
Allen said community events such as the Easter egg hunt instills pride in residents and changes attitudes about the city.
“Everyone talks about the blight; everyone talks about everything bad that happens in Youngstown. This is something good, something positive, something families can do together,” said Allen.
This is not the first time the ICU block watch and the church have collaborated. In January, the block watch group took more than 300 area children to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Covelli Centre. Before the show, they met at the St. Dom’s parish center for pizza. They also collaborate in the fall on a Neighborhood Harvest.
Organizers are still on the hunt for candy. Donations can be dropped off through April 10 at St. Dominic Church.
The Easter egg hunt is scheduled for April 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.