ECI Individuals fill eggs for Saturday Church on 53 egg drop event
This year, The Church on 53 again is to drop 25,000 eggs at the Fremont location and another 75,000 eggs at its Maumee location. With that many eggs, the church contracted with Inspirations at ECI (Encouraging and Celebrating Independence) to assemble the Easter eggs for the event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
One of ECI’s services is to provide employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Those individuals were tasked with filling 100,000 plastic eggs with candy. Once assembled, the eggs were delivered to the church and are to be dropped from a helicopter for children age 12 and younger during the event.
“This work opportunity and collaborative effort is very important to the individuals we serve,” said Laura Withrow, the president of ECI. “Many businesses and community organizations recognize the obvious advantages of this social responsibility beyond the monetary value. It’s about inclusion and self-worth … This type of work for the Church on 53 allows us to develop and assess each individual’s abilities as they look to transition and advance into the workforce.”