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'Egg My Yard' effort aims to provide some holiday normalcy for children amid crisis

COURTESY PHOTO: SHELBY MARTINEZ - Shelby Martinez has purchased, sanitized and filled more than 1,400 plastic Easter eggs for Sunday, April 12. With Easter only days away, many families are scrambling to find a way to still celebrate the holiday despite the crisis that's keeping us all at home.

Fortunately for some, Stephanie Martinez has taken on the task of egging people's yards in Sandy's Helping Hands' yearly tradition. Every spring, Sandy's Helping Hands makes a fundraiser of providing egg hunts for families who appreciate having Easter brought to them and supporting the charity.

This year, though founder Machel Heldstab said she wasn't planning to do any fundraising in this difficult time, Martinez volunteered to take the orders from families and distribute the eggs on the group's behalf.

"I'm more than happy to go to the store, sanitize the eggs and provide Easter for families," Martinez noted. "This is my favorite fundraiser."

So, on Saturday night, under the cloak of darkness, Martinez and a few others will don the responsibility of the Easter Bunny (who I heard is stuck at the burrow watching the kids) and provide more than 20 front-yard egg hunts for families around Sandy.

The candy is a mix of everyone's favorite gummy treats and chocolates.

"I've been doing this with Relay for Life for four years," Martinez said. "But this year I wanted to help more locally. It's important to have some normal in all of this craziness that's happening. Kids don't fully understand what's happening and Easter is important to a lot of people, so I want to provide that for them."

Heldstab and her family will be receiving this overnight gift, as well, and she's looking forward to the positive impact.

"Sometimes needs aren't just monetary," Heldstab said, calling the Egg My Yard event an effort to feed people's souls. "I feel it's important for us to not go out and this will bring a little ray of sunshine to the kids. We're in need of that right now."

If you missed out on this holiday opportunity to support Sandy's Helping Hands, Martinez assures she'll be doing the same fundraiser again next year. Reservations go fast, but Martinez hopes to sign up additional volunteers to serve more families in 2021.

If you are getting creative with your Easter celebration this year and you'd like to share that experience with the community, send photos and a brief explanation to reporter Brittany Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8 a.m. Monday, April 13, and we'll share those on our website.

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