Two Pistols Trading Post in Orange Grove hosted an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26.

The hunt was put on in conjunction with members of the local community and the surrounding area as a means to bring Easter joy to children that may not otherwise be able to celebrate the holiday.

One of the primary partners in organizing the festivities is the Fallen Horse Rescue who helped to provide Easter baskets as well as two small ponies that children were able to pet. This is the third year that Thomas Armstrong and Christina Coen from the rescue have been doing the egg hunt. “The first year we did 50 baskets, last year we did 180, and this year we have about 220 baskets to hand out to children,” said Armstrong, “half of the baskets will be handed out here, then at 1:00 we will pack up and go to Mathis where we will give the other baskets to children who might not get a basket otherwise.” Armstrong stated that he believes in helping others and “paying it forward.”

Toni and Dannie Whitley are the owners of the trading post in Orange Grove and likewise believe in helping their community whenever possible. “What it's all about for me is to help people and the community. We try to do something once a month to benefit the community,” said Toni Whitley.

Tommy and Isabel Patterson have also dedicated their time and efforts to helping others. Tommy regularly works with the Fallen Horse Rescue through his duties as an animal control officer in Mathis. Isabel works as a secretary for the Mathis Police Department and helps to organize public events that benefit the children of Mathis. Aside from the Easter celebration, they also help with the annual Christmas present collection as a way to make sure that low income children are able to have a good holiday. “This is something that people are starting to see, that there are people out there that are willing to help, volunteer, and donate to make children smile.