Families unite for city Easter egg hunt.

Excitement for eggs and a chance to serve the community made a harmonious mix at the ninth annual citywide Easter Eggs-travaganza on Saturday.

Thousands of families filled Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie, playing on the bounce houses, dancing along with the DJ and warming up to hunt the 50,000 eggs scattered in six areas as volunteers of Mission 75165 double checked each egg had candy inside.

“We think it is important to serve God and show people his love and that he cares for them,” said volunteer Rachel Quintna as she and her sister Renee helped spread out the eggs in the section for young children.

They had just joined Freedom Fellowship International Church, one of the hunt's sponsors, a short while ago and were eager to begin serving the community.

Rachel remembered her own early years participating in egg hunts, she said.

“When I was 3, I got the giant prize egg and it had a huge amount of candy,” Quintna said. “I was just happy I got the huge egg.”

The egg hunt is a great way to enjoy the park, said Stephanie Petters, who attended the hunt with six children between all the adults in her group. They drive down from Mansfield to play in Getzendaner Park regularly, she said.

“We already came up with our game plan,” Petters said. “We have kids in two age groups, so we have one parent going with each group and we will all share photos.”

Ashley Couch's oldest child came to hunt for eggs in a brightly-colored dress that almost matched her Easter basket.

“She really enjoys doing it, and I wanted a fun event for the kids,” Couch said.

Across the park, volunteers Deniese Geery and Trisha Stroud were keeping an eye on what would become the 11- and 12-year-old's section.

Watching the steady stream of families pour into the park pushing strollers and carrying baskets, nine-year hunt veteran Geery said her favorite part was seeing the community come together.

“It is so fun to watch people from Waxahachie and other cities come here to celebrate,” she said.

The event is a great way for the mission and the church to connect with people, Stroud said. She has been participating in Freedom Fellowship International Church's egg hunt since she was 7 years old and has volunteered at the community hunt every year.

“It is an opportunity to meet new people and build new relationships. That is where ministry starts, just getting to know people,” she explained.

Mission 75165 is a local nonprofit working to form a coalition of churches, nonprofit agencies and other entities to assist in meeting the needs of people in the Waxahachie community.

This year's hunt was sponsored by Freedom Fellowship International Church, the Oaks Fellowship, Madness Ministries, What's Happening Now, Waxahachie ISD, Shaw Equipment, Connect 4 Life Church, Christ the King Church, H&H Grocery, Fresh Market Coffee, Christian Brothers Automotive, Citizens National Bank, Walmart, H-E-B and First Baptist Waxahachie.

Contact Bethany Kurtz at 469-517-1450 or email bkurtz@waxahachietx.com. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BethanyKurtzMidloMirror or on Twitter @bethmidlomirror.