DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – Firefighters are known for saving lives. Tomorrow they hope to save what would – under normal circumstances – be the community Easter Egg hunt and to put smiles on the faces of children all across the county.
When Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson learned the annual event was being cancelled due to the COVID-19 epidemic, he and his staff went to work to see what they could do bring a little joy back into the community.
Working with Kids Are Really Equal and the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, they came up with a plan for an Easter Egg Toss. The event will take place tomorrow (Apr. 11) From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., firefighters wearing personal protective gear and mounted on fire trucks will toss Easter Egg bags in many Dawson County neighborhoods.
“I kept hearing how different Easter would be this year with no community Easter Egg hunt,” Thompson said. “So I got with staff on and we talked about what we could do to put something positive back into the community.”
Thompson added that this all came together in the last two days. “We first met on Wednesday and we got the circular out on Thursday,” he said.
It would be impossible for firefighters to go into every Dawson County community due to the limited number of fire trucks so, in addition to the neighborhoods they will visit, they selected two alternative sites where families can go to receive their Easter Egg bags.
Firefighters will visit the following neighborhoods at the stated times:
10 a.m. — Rainhall, Mensie Park, Biscayne, Deer Run and Bethany Trace.
11 a.m. — Redhawk, Oakmont, Highland Point, Amicalola Chase and Dawson Junction.
12 noon — Dawson Forest Apartments, Oak Forest and Blacksmill.
Families with children who do not live in neighborhoods can participate by visiting Fausett Farms (11336 Hwy. 136 West) or Fire Station 1 (393 Memory Lane) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All participants must remain in their vehicles.
While some may question the risk factor, Thompson said it is no different to picking up food at a drive through and it will give families something to smile about for a change.
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