Egg hunt caters to special needs

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A local organization is doing its part to help disabled children enjoy the Easter holiday weekend.

The Biloxi-Edgewater Civitan Club held its inaugural developmentally disabled children's egg hunt.

"We've got people from ages zero all the way up to about 21 years old," said Keith Wilson, club president. "They are really excited to see an event like this. It's never really been held in the city of Biloxi."

One-thousand colorful plastic eggs covered Biloxi's Town Green for a one-of-a kind egg hunt for South Mississippi's developmentally challenged children.

"Part of the mission of Civitan International is to work with people who have developmental disabilities," Wilson said.

The organization hopes to bring more awareness to children with disabilities and it called on the city to help.

"We try to do everything through our recreation department to get them involved and to get them involved just like the other children are," said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway.

Ariana Penton is one of those children.

"She grabbed them and put them right in her basket. She knew what to do and I was really surprised," said Ariana's mother, Angela Johnston.

The three-year-old has autism and her parents say they have a difficulty finding local events that cater to her needs.

"This is the first one that I heard of and I thought it would be great because with her having autism, not everybody understands if she throws a tantrum and stuff and the people here would get it," Johnston said.

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