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Yuma burn survivors hunt for Easter eggs

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Garcia Group at Gateway Mortgage gave burn survivors an Easter egg hunting experience at Friendship Park.

The event was the brainchild of Felly Ritchie, but her company wanted this event to be something special.

"I've done a lot of events before, especially being a part of Fort Yuma Rotary, but this is the first thing we've done full on, by ourselves, with the help of Yuma. It's amazing when you put something together for kids, Yuma just steps up to the plate," said Kortnee Garcia, owner of the Garcia Group and host of the Easter egg hunt event.

After everything was approved, the Garcia Group contacted Paul Evancho as his Yuma Child Burn Survivors Foundation was the guests of honor, something Evancho relished.

"I was super excited. I've known Kortnee for years, and we've worked on some other projects in the community throughout the years, and when she reached out to us and said, 'Hey, we like to do this event for the Yuma Child Burn Survivors,' it was great," Evancho said.

In addition to the Garcia Group, the Yuma Police and Fire Departments also co-sponsored the event.

"I actually thought to reach out to YPD when I was driving by getting Starbucks on the way to the office," Felly Ritchie explained.

With this Easter egg hunt now in the books, the Garcia Group and the Yuma Child Burn Survivor Foundation hopes to continue the Easter event for many years to come.

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