Holiday outreach draws thousands

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Lytton Springs ARC and San Diego Kroc Center invite community at Easter 

Holidays provide ample opportunity for community outreach, which the Lytton Springs, Calif., Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) and the San Diego Kroc Center took advantage of during Easter weekend this past April.

In Lytton Springs, 2,000 area residents attended the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration, with support from Bay Area corps.

“For more than 20 years the Lytton Springs ARC has been hosting this fantastic event for the community,” said Captain Jonathan Russell, trainee-in-charge at the center. “This is the third straight year we’ve had at least 2,000 people join us. We’re so pleased that our community wants to celebrate this holy holiday with The Salvation Army.”

The event featured 9,000 eggs, the Easter Bunny and Easter Chicken, a bounce house, super slide, face painting, carnival games and opportunity drawings for three new bicycles and 10 Easter baskets made by Santa Rosa Family Store Manager Sonia Kilpatrick.

In San Diego, 2,000 people celebrated at the Kroc Center’s ninth annual Kroc Hop Bunny Drop.

Taking over the center’s recreation field, guests enjoyed carnival games, visits with the Easter Bunny, pony rides, a bounce house, arts and crafts, and treats. San Diego Youth in Action attracted onlookers with expertly choreographed gospel arts performances. More than 10,000 candy-filled eggs, donated by Target, provided enough fun for eight egg hunts. Two local television stations documented the scene for the evening news.

Each event invited those in attendance to join The Salvation Army for worship on Easter Sunday.

From reports by Cindy Engler and Maria Todaro.

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