BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After the tragic death of one of their own, the Binghamton west side community has come together to honor the life of Harper Stantz in a unique way.
Volunteers finished preparing thirty thousand Easter Eggs for this year’s extra special Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton’s egg hunt.
This year’s Easter egg hunt is being held in memory of Stantz, the 16-year-old Binghamton High School student who tragically lost her life after being struck by a car in March.
On Sunday at Abel’s Pub in Binghamton, Harper’s friends and family finished stuffing the eggs. They say they expect an extremely large turnout next Saturday.
“I would probably expect this year at least 3,500 to 4,000 people, and at least 1,500-2,000 children,” said Sue Bucci, the co-founder of the charity and a close friend of the Stantz family. “It’s just more and more people will come, and I think a lot of people will come from Binghamton high school.”
This year, organizers were preparing to need 25,000 Easter eggs, but the community wanted to support the Stantz family so much, they had to call in reinforcements.
“When we dedicated the hunt to Harper, we got such an outpouring from the community from people who want to come and people that want to help, we ordered an extra five [thousand eggs] at the last minute,” Bucci said.
The hunt itself begins Saturday, April 20th at 11 a.m., but Bucci encouraged people to arrive early for free food and entertainment. She expects up to 4,000 people to attend.