A spring snowstorm (or two or three) didn't stop the fun at this year's Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. The sound of the siren at noon sent dozens and dozens of kids scrambling to find one silver and one golden egg hidden in plain sight among hundreds of colorful plastic candy filled eggs along the fitness trail behind "Burrow" Hall.
Volunteers from Mountainside's Rescue Squad organized the annual crowd pleaser, which delights children and parents from in and around the community. "Mom, I love this, it's so fun," said one "egg-cited" participant, as she filled her basket.
Just prior to the start, while families and friends gathered around the grounds of the municipal headquarters to wait in line, girl scouts Abby Biegel and Nina Deluca sold cookies, cupcakes and chocolate covered pretzels inside the rescue squad's garage. The proceeds will help support much needed funding for their respective silver award projects.
Miss Deluca is making "chemo care" kits for cancer patients of all ages, and is in search of items such as unscented lotions, hand sanitizer, tissues, hard candies, coloring books, crayons, fluffy socks and lip balm. To learn more how you can help, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss Biegel's project involves working with other scouts on replanting shrubs and ground coverage around the Borough Hall's flagpole, as well as to create a beautiful sitting area in front of the tennis courts. She is seeking donations of manual labor as well as pants and shrubs. Miss Biegel can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
After the hunt was complete and no more eggs could be found, the children enjoyed meeting the Easter Bunny and posed for photos in the back of the Rescue Squad's emergency vehicle.
Chris Sileo, a steady member of the Mountainside rescue squad noted they are always in search of new volunteers. Members of the community interested in volunteering can reach them at 908-233-6338.
The Mountainside Rescue Squad is an independent, non profit organization staffed by volunteers, primarily supported by grants and donations form the Borough and charitable foundations. Please log on to www.ems22.com to learn more how you can help.