Royal Body Shop Easter egg hunt draws families to Albion | Featured story

ALBION – The Greater Royal Body Shop’s first Easter egg hunt on a small section of East State Street on Saturday meant the return of an activity that had previously taken place there.

Pastor Al Wilson and his wife, Ykeeta, of the Greater Royal Body Shop, an outreach ministry group of the Greater Royal Worship Center church in Buffalo, organized the egg hunt and other activities with the help of the group outreach and student volunteers. East State Street between South Main and North/South Platt streets was closed for approximately two hours.

“It was Pastor Wilson’s idea to bring a little more activity back to the Albion community here,” Ykeeta Wilson said Saturday. “We were told it was something that happened years ago. We started the egg hunt. We had over 500 children here today. I would say at least a minimum of 600 to 800 people in total, with the families here who attended.

There were activities, free food and drink, music, face painting or hand and arm painting for the kids.

“We had 155 baskets that we distributed. Everything was totally free,” she said.

The egg hunt was aimed at children aged 1 to 14 in three different age groups, Ykeeta Wilson said.

Al and Ykeeta Wilson said the number of children in the egg hunt was higher than expected.

“We’re really excited and hope to have even more next year,” said Ykeeta Wilson.

Families came to where the Wilsons were to talk to them while all the activities were going on. Al Wilson said they were grateful the event was back.

“We just give God all the glory and all the praise,” he said. “People came from Lyndonville, Batavia, Medina, Holley. Rochester, Buffalo and Waterport. Both Wilsons said they plan to bring egg hunting and other activities back to Albion next year.

“They’re really excited, happy that something came back,” he said. “Some people have told me that this is the greatest thing they have ever seen here in Albion. They wanted to know how they could be part of the ministry.

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