FORT PIERCE — Although it’s been a year since young Fort Pierce resident Cedric Garvin Jr., 5, went on an Easter egg hunt, he can still recall the joyous activity in vivid detail.
“I found a gold egg,” Cedric said. “I got a basket with toys, candy and a book in it.”
Cedric’s mother, Crystal Brown, 25, said the community event, hosted by an Orlando-based company, Credible Security Services, made a lasting, positive impact on her son. Brown said Cedric is eagerly anticipating the second annual event slated for Saturday at Dreamland Park in Fort Pierce.
“This event is very important. It keeps the kids out of the streets and it’s great for the less fortunate kids who can’t afford a basket,” said Brown, who plans on attending with Cedric and his two sisters, Cekiya Garvin, 6, and Aaliyah Robinson, 2. “Easter baskets are getting up there in price and some people have four or five children to buy for.”
During the second annual “Credible Cares: Mystery of the Golden Eggs,” 100 children will receive free Easter baskets right in time for the holiday, company owner and Fort Pierce native Willie Roundtree, 22, of Orlando said. Roundtree added a variety of games including an egg hunt and tug-of-war, along with free food and entertainment. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Roundtree said.
The event will be first come, first served, but is intended for younger children, he said.
The young entrepreneur said the Easter basket supplies will be purchased and assembled by his company, which was established three years ago. Roundtree said the event is a small way he can give back to his hometown.
“We want to empower the youth and make sure they know that with hard work anything is possible,” the Fort Pierce Westwood High School graduate said. “I also want to make sure all kids are happy on Easter.”
Brown praised Roundtree’s efforts within the community.
“To see him grow up and prosper the way he did makes me proud. I’m so happy he’s giving back,” said Brown, who grew up with Roundtree in the Sunland Gardens neighborhood of Fort Pierce. “In the neighborhood we grew up in, some didn’t make it.”
If you go:
WHAT: Credible Cares: Mystery of the Golden Eggs Easter egg hunt. One-hundred baskets given to youth attendees. The event, with food and games, open to public.
WHEN: Saturday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dreamland Park in Fort Pierce