After our egg hunt last year, my kiddos were left with buckets of candy, rolls of stickers, a pile of bouncy balls, and oodles of tiny trinkets. With all of the goodies from the Easter Bunny and family, it was just too much. A few weeks later when I threw away most of that stale candy, I realized we needed to do something better- something more meaningful!
This year we are having our first annual Egg Hunt for Heroes! We will be giving back to Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that is near and dear to the hearts of my family. We will be celebrating the life of my sister-in-law's brother, who heroically gave his life serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Instead of filling our eggs with candy and prizes, all of our Easter dinner guests are bringing eggs filled with money. Rusty and Lanie helped us fill our eggs with change from their bank.
On Easter, all of the kiddos will still be collecting eggs in their baskets. After finding all of the eggs, they'll crack them open and dump their donations into our collection jar. The little ones in my family are too young to count up all of the money, but this would be a great project for older kids. We are so excited for our children to learn about giving back and celebrate those who have selflessly given to protect others. What a wonderful way to spread the message of Easter!
You can download the Egg Hunt for Heroes signs here. Please share this idea with your friends, family and schools. This would also be a wonderful classroom or Sunday School activity!
We are also sending a big thank you to the wonderful teachers at Rusty's preschool. We mixed up some Bunny Tail Trail Mix for them! This super simple recipe is sweet, salty, adorable, and delicious!
Here are the ingredients we used:
Annie's Snicker Doodle Bunnie Cookies (2 bags)
Milk Chocoloate M&M's
M&M's Mini Malted Eggs
We just poured all of the ingredients into a big mixing bowl. (Try not to eat too much as your stir!)
We scooped our Bunny Tail Trail Mix into cellophane bags. We filled 12 treat bags, but this yummy treat would also be perfect for a giant jar or bowl!
I helped Rusty sign his name, and we attached gift tags to each bag. You can download the tags here. I just love these little bunnies with the glasses!
Happy Easter friends!