Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
The weather was cold and wet, but that didn’t dampen the mood for the nearly 1,500 people who showed up to enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny, a gigantic egg hunt, free food, games, prizes, bouncy houses and more. Q Realty's Easter Egg Hunt at Rotary Park was an afternoon filled with excitement and love for the community.
Tara and Norman Quirion fought back tears as they spoke about their gratitude to the community.
“We are absolutely humbled beyond words at the amount of people who have turned out today,” Tara Quirion said. “The reason we do this kind of thing is that we love this community with all our hearts. To be blessed enough to have a successful business and give back to all these beautiful children is the most humbling thing in the world.”
There was joy and laughter as kids played, and parents watched. One lady approached one of the 'Q'sters' to express her thanks. She tearfully said, her 'grand-kids just lost everything in a fire, and this show of love is coming at the perfect time.'
“The energy from today, and the people, it's just unbelievable,” Norman Quirion said. “So many times we have received so much from this community. To be able to give back, it just means everything to Tara and me.”
“We're going to do this every year,” Tara Quirion said. “Next year, it's going to be twice as big. We put out 5,000 eggs this year, next year we will do 10,000.”