For over seven years, Hoyleton’s Puentes de Esperanza program has participated in Fairmont City’s annual Easter-related events, including a vibrant parade and an exciting egg hunt. We’re proud to be a part of such a special day that brings such joy to the community each year with the support of local institutions like the Fairmont City Library, the local police and fire departments, and other sponsors, like Puentes de Esperanza, who want to provide Southern Illinois’ Latino community with a fun day of holiday festivities.
Here is a quick recap of this special day:
1. It gets bigger each year
Each year, this event grows exponentially. This year, over 1,000 individuals were in attendance.
2. Supporters were as sweet as candy
All candy for Puentes de Esperanza’s Easter eggs was donated by Kevin Woelffel, who regularly volunteers for Puentes events.
3. There were treats a plenty
A Place of Grace members helped stuff eggs with treats for the children, while our interns helped coordinate toys to give out.
4. Goodie bags aren’t just for candy
In addition to the typical Easter treats, Puentes de Esperanza handed out flyers about upcoming events and workshops for the community to attend, and distributed Deterra drug deactivation bags, which allow for the safe disposal of old medication.
5. Scholarships were the greatest prize of all
The Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois awarded a $500 scholarship to a high school senior, which was matched by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, so that two students received scholarships for their bright futures.
Overall, it was a great day of fun – we can’t wait to celebrate again next year!