|April 3, 2014
Arlee Easter event continues to grow
By Lailani Upham
Josephine Fyant, 7, she was winner of the bike last year. Her father, Robert “Buz” Fyant says, “It’s a great event and thankful they (Bill and Wendy) take time out of their lives to sponsor it for the kids. The kids and I look forward to it every year.” (Courtesy photo)
ARLEE — It’s all about the meaning of Easter.
Families in Arlee have been hosting an Easter event for the last 12 years for the children of the community that has been an effort of family and now business and organization donations.
It all started in the backyard of Bill and Wendy Adams at Indian village home site where the couple decided to have Easter egg hunts for the neighbor kids. The year after it grew where they moved it to the baseball field; and the year after to the football field, said Adams.
Then when the Arlee Community Center opened nearly seven years ago, the fun spring party moved to that location.
“We first started doing this when we noticed some kids didn’t get anything for Easter and we wanted to make sure they got something,” Adams said.
Last year over 100 kids showed up and 10 bikes were given away along with Easter baskets and toys.
“We raised $2,000 and had a drawing for the bikes and scooters,” she added.
Adams says it would not be possible if all the families did not jump on board to help, donate and spread love to the children of Arlee.
The other families involved in helping the annual event are: the Bear Malatare family, Harvey Sansavere, Carlin Matt, Quennel Matt, James and Betty Matt, Clark and Leanne Matt, Dee and Louis Weaver, and Kelly and Allen Pierre.
Other contributors have been the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Rod’s Harvest Foods of St. Ignatius, Wilson Foods of Arlee and S and K Gaming.
This year the families of Arlee are asking for donations to help reach more children with the gift of the Easter message of new life. At the event the Mr. Adams gives a heartfelt story of the meaning of Easter with the children and offers a time of prayer with them.
The families feel it is a great way to offer hope to the young ones.
The event always falls on the Saturday before Easter. This year it will be on Saturday, April 19, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Arlee Community Center.
The happening includes “a candy grab” where little tiny kids can run for candy that is spread throughout the field outside the Center. There will be an egg hunt for the older kids. There will be drawing for toys and baskets, as well.
On Friday, April 18, an egg coloring time will be held at the Arlee Community Center at 6:30 p.m., everyone is welcome.
For more information and donations, call Wendy Adams at (406) 203-2163 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Betty Matt at (406) 726-0321.