Fourth annual Special Needs Easter Hunt at Manor House this weekend

The Special Needs Easter Drive will be Friday and Saturday, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Manor House parking lot.

Rescheduled from Easter, this year will be a drive-through event

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SAFFORD – The fourth annual Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Manor House at 415 E. U.S. Highway 70 in Safford on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, from 4 – 6 p.m. The event will feature curbside pickup due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will be hosted by Stormi Howard, who began the event four years ago after seeing her son, Bentley Clonts, 8, struggle at the annual Easter Egg hunt at the Graham County Fairgrounds. Clonts has autism, cerebral palsy, and a chromosomal abnormality which made it difficult for him to participate in the fun of the Easter Egg hunt.

“(It) got me thinking how limiting it is for children with special needs, especially those in wheelchairs,” Norton said. “So, I’ve found a way to accommodate all ages and different types of disabilities to allow them to finally be able to participate in an egg hunt.”

The Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt is a free event where families of children and adults with special needs normally can come and eat pizza, get an Easter basket, collect eggs, and get entered into a chance to win prizes from a giveaway. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this year’s event was postponed and now will be held as a drive-through event only. Those participating are asked to enter the parking lot on the west side off Graham Avenue.

There still is a prize giveaway, however, and a winning name will be announced on Facebook on Sunday, July 26, from those names entered. For more information contact Stormi Howard at (928) 322-8357.