A ray of sunshine for egg hunt organizer

The Easter Bunny holds a girl at last year’s event. (Photo credit: Davis’ friend Diana Keat)

Last year, when 22-year-old Nehemiah Davis organized his first Easter Egg hunt for kids in his West Philadelphia neighborhood, he got rained out.

This year, with bright, warm sunshine in the Easter forecast, “I’m so excited,” says Davis, who spent Good Friday and Holy Saturday papering his community with hundreds of flyers.

His Easter Sunday event, held tomorrow afternoon, at Conestoga Playground at 53rd and Media, will feature: moon bounces, potato sack races, the Easter Bunny, Elmo, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, a book drive, face painting, “oh, and of course,” he says, getting lost in the laundry list of attractions, “an Easter Egg hunt.”

Davis is a business major at Community College of Philadelphia, and the owner of a small cleaning company, Asset Cleanouts. He pours his leftover time and money into his community work.

Last December, he turned his mother’s living room into a satellite Santa's workshop, handing out toys to 150 children at an Overbrook recreation center. The young activist has also held back-to-school drives, coat giveaways, and Thanksgiving feasts.

“For the people in the community, we want to bring something to them that’s free and accessible,” Davis says, “I know how it is growing up, asking ‘Mom, can I have a dollar for this?’ And parents, they just don’t have it. Here they don’t need money. Here they can come out to just have a day of fun.”

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