Even in the midst of “collection mania,” friends helped each other out in gathering Easter Eggs on a sunny spring day. 

Unseasonably warm temperatures greeted hundreds of parents and children around the Museum of the Plains Indian on Friday. April 2, as Blackfeet Manpower and friends staged an Easter Egg Hunt for one and all.

The stage was set with six “breakout areas” designated for different age groups, from 0-4 to 16 through 18-year-olds with special needs. Manpower Director George Kipp IV estimated around 60 staff members and volunteers conducted the hunt, beginning with telling folks the rules. Each young person was limited in the number of eggs they were allowed to collect so that everyone would be able to share in the abundance. Among some 5,300 eggs that were set out, around 300 were “gold eggs” that could be traded for prizes like bicycles, skateboards, scooters, basketball goals and more. Additionally, around 400 Easter Egg Baskets were given away as well as cash prizes to some lucky egg seekers.

“Everyone got candy bags and Frisbees,” Kipp said. “That was our goal, that everybody gets something. We were really aware of the need to make it a good family thing because with COVID-19 everyone’s been housed up, so it was important for it to be as successful as possible.”

In addition to Blackfeet Manpower, Blackfeet Housing, Blackfeet Family Services and the Blackfeet Early Childhood Center were part of the Easter Egg effort.

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