In just over a week, children wearing their Sunday best and carrying baskets will run around the churchyard searching for Easter Eggs. In fact Christ Church (with a little help from the Easter Bunny of course) has 4,000 eggs ready to hide!

I thought you might enjoy hearing the story behind these Easter Eggs and where they come from. For years, Christ Church has ordered eggs in bulk from a company in Springfield, Missouri. I’ve actually placed that order three times now, but only recently saw this video that reveals the heart-warming story of the people behind the eggs.  

The non-profit Springfield Workshop Inc. created Sunny Bunny Easter Eggs in order to stabilize the company’s primarily seasonal work projects and to provide meaningful work to people with disabilities. Springfield Workshop Inc. explains that it “exists with the knowledge that every one of its employees would rather earn money using their abilities than be given money for their disabilities.” I LOVE that!

Some of you may not know that I’ve always had a passion and heart for people with disabilities and even went to graduate school to get a masters degree in special education. I’m fortunate to spend one week each summer at Shrine Mont working as the assistant director of St. Elizabeth’s Camp, an Episcopal summer camp for teenagers and young adults with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities. Each camper at St. Elizabeth’s is paired with a volunteer counselor buddy, most of whom are high school or college aged students. With a 1:1 camper to counselor ratio, our campers have the support they need to enjoy all the typical summer camp experience including sleeping in cabins, going fishing, swimming, doing arts and crafts, playing games, singing at worship, and so much more.

Just like we did with the camper to counselor ratios at St. Elizabeth’s, Sunny Bunny Easter Eggs knew they needed to create an environment where people with disabilities could thrive. They actually worked with a plastics manufacturer to design a plastic egg that is easy for people with limited motor abilities to open and close. This new design also prevents the eggs from popping open when tossed on the ground – that’s certainly great news for our team of youth that hides the eggs in the churchyard each year.

I just think this is so cool and I’m proud that Christ Church supports such an honorable organization. I hope you have the chance to watch and enjoy their story…

Two links to videos on Face Book: Video 1 & Video 2