Lehighton Rotary Club will host its inaugural Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at The Lehighton Grove, the park on Iron Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

As a special treat for the children, the Easter Bunny is scheduled to take time out of his busy schedule to stop by.

There will be more than 2,000 candy-filled eggs available for the two separate hunts. The first is at 1 p.m. for children ages 5 and under; and the second will be at 2 p.m. for children ages 6 to 10. Parents are asked to supply baskets for their children for the hunt.

In case of rain, the egg hunt will take place inside the Lehighton Recreation Center, located at 243 South Eighth St. If it rains, there would be a slight change in the times for the two separate hunts 2 p.m. for children ages 5 and under, and 3 p.m. for children ages 6 to 10.

The Community Easter Egg Hunt will benefit those in need. It is free with the donation of at least one nonperishable food item per child. Without the food donation, the participation fee is $1 per child. All donations will be given to the community food pantry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton, a division of Shepherd House, Inc.

"This is a win-win situation," says Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery. "The children have the opportunity to have some good old-fashioned fun. At the same time, the children and their families are helping us serve those in need by donating nonperishable food items and money to the community food pantry."

The egg hunt is scheduled to follow the annual Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club Lunch with the Easter Bunny that will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the recreation center.

There is no pre-registration for the Community Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, call (610) 377-9706 or email LehightonRotary@yahoo.com [1].