Tens of thousands of plastic Easter eggs dropped from a helicopter over Pennypack Park’s River Fields on Saturday during Northeast Philadelphia’s free Easter Experience event.
“My wife saw this being done out in the south in a lot of suburban cities and said, ‘Why can’t we do that in the city?’” said Mark Novales, 46, the senior pastor of CityReach Church, which organized the egg drop.
After the candy-filled eggs hit the ground, children ages 3-12 took over the muddy, rain-soaked field to hunt for them. Fifty of the eggs were “golden” and contained gift certificates and other prizes.
Volunteers from event co-host Easter Outreach also handed out more than 1,000 boxes of food from nonprofit Philabundance, which aims to fight hunger.
“It’s amazing to really see the need for events like this and to encourage people to go to church on Easter,” Novales said.
Liam Gill, 8, of Rhawnhurst said seeing the helicopter drop the eggs was the most exciting part of the event.