2017 Helicopter Easter Egg Drop

2017 Helicopter Easter Egg Drop

Does it get any better than Easter eggs falling out of a helicopter? The kids at Elevate Church’s egg drop sure don’t think so.

“He took forever to land, then dropped them out of the sky,” explained 10-year-old Gabriel Hernandez.

In the past, Elevate Church in Lincoln has drawn thousands of children to its annual egg drop. This year, they focused on special needs children and their families.

“We wanted to open it up to all our children with special needs because they don’t get that opportunity,” said Vicki Depenbusch with ARC of Lincoln, an organization that helped the church with the event. “We had parents that were watching their children go to an egg hunt for the first time, in tears, and it made it all worthwhile.”

One mother, Katherine Pennock, said she took her son Elijah, who has spina bifida to a different egg hunt just a few weeks ago. The 5-year-old was bowled over by eager kids and didn’t have a chance to join in the fun.

“When everyone said go, he couldn’t keep up with everyone else,” Pennock said. “They just ran and he got zero eggs.”

She says this event gave kids like Elijah a safe place to be independent.

A helicopter dropped the eggs. On the ground and from the air, there were around 15,000 total.

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2016 Helicopter Easter Egg Drop

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Elevate Church in Lincoln has been hosting an Easter egg hunt for the last seven years but their Easter egg hunt also includes a helicopter.

Thousands gathered at Seacrest Park in Lincoln on Easter Sunday afternoon for the Easter egg hunt. 20,000 eggs were already spread out across the park by volunteers earlier that day, but another 5,000 came from the sky via a helicopter.

Amy Barrier, a member of Elevate Church whose participated in this event all seven years says, “We wanted to spice it up and make something different, we wanted something people to talk about, to go, wow there’s a helicopter dropping out Easter eggs.”

They certainly had people talking on Sunday afternoon. The helicopter buzzed over the excited crowd, whipping up leaves and grass getting both kids and parents excited.

“Adults got a big kick out of the helicopter too, how low it got, like I think everybody was saying it they were afraid it was going to hit the trees and then the leaves just come flying at us, it was exciting.”, says Kami Larsen who took her granddaughter to Sunday’s event.

Read the full story at 10/11’s website…

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