Skydiving Easter Bunny brings joy to hundreds of Alle-Kiski Valley families
Thousands of people dropped by Golden Rams Stadium and Highlands Middle School on Saturday to enjoy an Easter celebration dipped in unity, worship and fun.
The Easter Bunny dropped by, too. Literally. The bunny skydived onto the football field with a rainbow-colored parachute.
“I really feel like there’s just certain things you don’t ever really see,” the Rev. Nick Chybrzynski of Generations House of Worship said of the skydiving bunny. “My thought is always how can we give the community something they wouldn’t normally see?
“How can we blow their minds?”
This was the sixth year the Brackenridge church hosted an Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration, which Chybrzynski said is a way to bring the church and community together.
About 3,000 to 4,000 people were expected to attend.
“An Easter egg hunt is something everybody knows. Kids love it. Families love it,” Chybrzynski said. “It’s something the community needs, and I feel like if we’re going to be a church in the community we need to meet the needs of the community the best we can.”
The free event featured Easter egg hunts with more than 30,000 eggs, live music, bounce houses, face painting, food trucks and prize giveaways.
There also was a Resource Fair featuring local nonprofit service providers and businesses, first responder vehicles and equipment for children to explore, and an indoor egg hunt for children with special needs. The indoor egg hunt was held on the gymnasium floor.
Sarah Mortimer and her daughter RyLynn Kistler, 2, were among the people who collected Easter eggs.
“This is our first year doing this,” said Mortimer, 28, of New Kensington. “A friend of ours registered us for it. I think it’s really nice. She’s enjoying herself.”
Lorriana Markovic attended the event with her son Kiran, 5. She heard about it from Kiran’s teacher and her aunt, who are both members of the church.
Markovic just moved back to the area from Maryland. She said it’s nice to see something positive for children happening in the community.
“I think it’s great. It’s pretty amazing — so much for kids to do,” she said. “Everyone is so friendly.”
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, [email protected] or via Twitter .