On Saturday afternoon, a steady chorus of beeping sounds filled the Centreville Moose Lodge as 14 blind or visually impaired children scrambled to find beeping Easter “eggs” hidden around the room.
“I found the golden egg!” squeals Cameron Friedrich, 8, to his brother Brendan, 11, as he hoists the beeping egg of a different shape than the others to his ear. Cameron won the grand prize for his discovery, an audible softball or a beep ball, as they are often called.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind held the 34th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children who are blind or have low vision on Saturday. Friends and siblings who were not visually impaired were blindfolded to participate in the hunt.
“It’s a good opportunity for the kids who are visually impaired to have an equal opportunity to find the eggs. For those who are not visually impaired it gives them the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be and find eggs themselves,” said Treva Smith, a Fairfax mother who has twin daughters, one who is visually impaired, and one who is not.
“I get such joy out of seeing the satisfaction from these young people as they find the eggs,” said June Weakley, President of the Verizon Telecom Pioneers-Alexander Graham Bell Chapter 15, which sponsored the event. “It gives them a chance to participate in an event some kids can take for granted.”