The 2013 Easter egg hunt at the Hawthorne Village Retirement Village of Brandon is set for Friday, March 29. The popular annual event is set to begin at 11 a.m. and is free to the public.
The event draws a large crowd to Hawthorne Village, at 859 West Lumsden Road, between Kings Avenue and Providence Road. Kids can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and refreshments and goodies will be provided.
Last year's crowd included Rhonda Sanders, a registered nurse at the center, who attened the egg hunt with her six kids. Off duty for the day, the nurse said the annual event is a big deal for both Hawthorne staff and residents.
"Oh my gosh, we look forward to this every year," she said. "All the residents love seeing the kids. They line up to watch them."
Working with the elderly, she said, is a joy.
According to Vernon Zeger, Hawthorne's executive director, Hawthorne opened in 1994, with a skilled nursing facility. Housing for independent and assisted living residents opened about six years later.
"It's important that people know that we're here and that we're a community partner," Zeger said at last year's egg hunt.
Hawthorne each year hosts three major community events: the Easter egg hunt in April, the fall festival in October and pictures with Santa Claus in December.
"We're a part of the community and we care about Brandon," Zeger said.
As for the annual Easter egg hunt, "it brings out something in the residents when they see the kids," Zeger said. "Some people you never see smiling, when they see the kids, they'll smile."