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Kids of the Community offers Easter fun
Azucena Holguin, 4, leads the way in the hunting in her age category. She and her twin brother Adair were part of the large group of children enjoying the day.

The David M. Stalcup Memorial Egg Hunt was a super success Saturday for 168 children from the Kids of the Community organization.
Children were able to paint plastic eggs, bunnies and chicks, as well as meet with the Easter Bunny before the start of the hunts. Director Barry Dishman welcomed the group, remembering the namesake for the event, the late David Stalcup. He was a police officer who worked diligently with the children, with the hunt held in his honor since his passing. 
“This is a special day, and was important for him,” said Stalcup’s stepdaughter Jamie Brock. “He loved doing things for the kids, and he did everything he could for them to make their lives better.” Three-month-old Tinsley West made an appearance at the hunt honoring her great-grandfather, as well as other family members. 
The Kids of the Community activity building, located on Cadillac Lane, was the location for the hunt. In past years it has been held at different locations.
“This is the first year here, and it has worked out great,” said Dishman. “We had a good spirit, good weather, and everything was perfect. We felt we could keep the children safe here.”
Coordinators Melinda Walling and Martha Hutchings, Dishman and a host of volunteers work on a daily basis with the children. They are welcome to come to the center each weekday afternoon, as well as Saturday mornings for both work and play sessions.
“We try to create a safe haven for children, where they can grow, be enriched and become the best citizens they can be,” said Dishman.
He has worked in the juvenile court system for 26 years, and knows from experience the importance of having stability in children’s lives.
“We teach them to work here, everyone works, and we work together as a team,” said Dishman. “We work on the building, garden, clean, mow, volunteer in the community, as well as have fun.”
Over 10,000 eggs were available for the children to find in different age groups, and every child was given a complimentary basket to take home.
Many volunteers worked diligently to make the day a success, with some coming from Motlow State Community College,  local Interact Clubs and Motlow’s Phi Theta Kappa.
Sara Flores was in attendance with her children Kobe and Sofia, who had a fun time. Sofia especially enjoyed getting her face painted.
“I came as a child, and now I’m bringing my two,” said Flores. “I always had fun and I want them to experience that memory also.”