GARDEN CITY, SC (WBTW) – The Champion Autism Network, a local non-profit aimed to provide sensory friendly events held an Easter egg hunt for children on the spectrum and their families on Saturday.
“I think probably the biggest difference is that it’s less people,” Becky Large, founder and director of the Champion Autism Network, or CAN said about Saturday’s event.
The sensory friendly egg hunt was a toned-down version of a typical Easter egg hunt.
“Other Easter egg hunts, there are thousands of children or hundreds of children pushing and shoving, so the parents just don’t even bring (their children on the spectrum),” Large said.
Large held the event at the Shepard of the Sea Lutheran Church in Garden City to give children on the spectrum the opportunity to hunt for Easter eggs.
“We thought, ‘What an opportunity to partner with people, especially with special needs, to give them a special time and to be able to enjoy the things so many people take for granted, like an Easter egg hunt,'” Pastor of the Church, Brad Bellah said.
Dozens of children and their families were able to have a traditional Easter experience thanks to the sensory friendly environment.
“We believe that we’re doing this to make a place for everyone that’s in God’s family and especially the people that get overlooked or forgotten about,” Bellah said.
“For everybody- the entire family and siblings to be able to come out and do a traditional family experience and an Easter egg hunt, it really is very meaningful,” Large said.
To learn more about CAN’s efforts, click here.