MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Service members and their families hopped to the excitement at the fourth annual Easter Celebration event at the Wire Mountain community center, April 11.
The event, hosted by the Wire Mountain district office, provided children with moon walks, face painting stands, games, and an Easter egg hunt. The Lincoln Military Housing Office also hosted a barbecue at no cost for the Wire Mountain residents.
“My family and I love coming to these events, it gives us a chance to get out of the house and be a part of the community, not to mention they’re free,” said Catherine J. Blackburn, military spouse, Camp Pendleton.
There were also plenty of activities for the parents, including raffles for $25 gift cards provided on behalf of the Lincoln Military Housing Office and the Wire Mountain district office.
“It is real important that parents are involved today too, even though events like this one are mainly for our kids,” said Heather T. Moore, military spouse, Camp Pendleton. “It is nice to know that our community is thinking of the parents as well.”
The event wrapped up with an extravagant Easter egg hunt. More than 50 children scampered around the community center scooping up as many eggs as they could stuff in their baskets.
“I have never seen anything like this before, I know my children had a great time and I look forward to next year’s event,” Moore said.
An estimated $6,000 for food, drinks and supplies went into putting this celebration together for the Wire Mountain community. Organizers also had to put together a staff of more than 20 Lincoln Military Housing employees and civilian employees to help set up the moon walks, game booths, picnic areas and hide eggs for the hunt.
“Without the staff we have here, this celebration could not have been possible, it takes a lot of work putting a function like this together,” said Tony Lewis, district manager, Wire Mountain, “I am just glad I have a team working with me that is dedicated to getting the job done.”