Beeping eggs signal hunting time for blind children in Oklahoma City

New Hope United Methodist Church is planning an Easter egg hunt for blind children April 19 in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: April 12, 2014

Nathaniel McCoy will not look for a hint of red or blue hidden in the grass at an Easter egg hunt being hosted by an Oklahoma City church.

Instead, the 14-year-old, who is blind, will listen for the beeping sounds made by special eggs at New Hope United Methodist Church’s first Easter egg hunt for blind children. The hunt is set for April 19 at the church, 11600 N Council Road.

Sheri Wetekam said the special egg hunt is a project of the church’s Hearts of Hope women’s group. It is a collaborative effort with the Heartland Council of the Blind, a chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind.

Sandi Webster, a New Hope church member who is blind, said she is president of the Heartland Council’s board. She said she hopes the egg hunt will draw many blind children and their families for an afternoon of fun designed specially for them.

Tracey McCoy, Nathaniel’s mother, said he was born without eyes and wears prosthetic eyes. She and her husband, Michael, adopted him from his native Cambodia when he was a toddler, she said.

Nathaniel had an opportunity to participate in a metro egg hunt with beeping eggs several years ago but was too young to understand what was going on, Tracey McCoy said. There have been no metro-area egg hunts for blind youths in recent years, she said.

McCoy, whose family is involved with the Heartland Council for the Blind, said she was excited to learn that New Hope wanted to host the special egg hunt in addition to its traditional egg hunt.

Recently, she watched as the teen participated in a trial run of the egg hunt to give the organizers an opportunity to fine-tune their efforts.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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IF YOU GO

Egg hunt for blind children

•When: 2 p.m. April 19.

•Where: New Hope United Methodist Church, 11600 N Council Road.

•Cost: Free.

•Information: 721-5015 or www.newhopeokc.org.

Sensory-sensitive Easter event

This event is designed for children with special needs, particularly autism spectrum disorders and sensory sensitivity.

•When: 2 p.m. April 19.

•Where: Southern Hills United Methodist Church, 8200 S Pennsylvania.

•Cost: Free.

•Information: 681-5515 or email southernhillsumc@coxinet.net.

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