People First hosts annual Easter Party at Nash Farm

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

There may have been a chill in the air, but when the local special-needs community gathered in celebration, the smiles on their faces were likely enough to warm any heart.

Children begin collecting eggs at the 10th annual Extra Special Easter Party last Saturday. Special photo

People First of Henry County held its 10th annual Extra Special Easter Party and Egg Hunt Saturday at Nash Farm Park in Hampton. More than 700 guests, and 175 volunteers, came together for an array of games and activities for special-needs children and adults and their families.

People First of Henry County provides free socials throughout the year for the special-needs community in metro Atlanta. Connie Dodgen, a director for the nonprofit organization, beamed with excitement as she recounted the occasion.

“The day was a huge success!” said Dodgen. “Sunshine, smiles, and laughs were all around.”

Other attractions at the party included train rides, Bingo, and Easter baskets for participants. The celebration also featured appearances by Henry County Solicitor General Trea Pipkin, who portrayed the Easter Bunny, and Star, the mascot for the Atlanta Dream women’s basketball team.

Clowns were on hand at the event to paint faces and entertain the crowd. Special photo