Children get an early start to Easter

Tomorrow is Easter, but on Saturday across Birmingham, children got an early start.

They all made a dash to get as many Easter eggs as they could find at "egg hunts" around the city.

Birmingham mayor William Bell gave the countdown this morning to the annual 'Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt' at Linn Park, turning loose hundreds of children of all ages. The annual hunt allows children to find all sorts of treats to fill their baskets.

Within minutes, all the eggs were found"We had so many children come out here, and it made all the hard work my staff, public works, and the entire city personnel put into this, worthwhile," says Bell.Bell says, while eggs and candy are fun for the kids, he wants parents to take the time to teach their children about the true meaning of Easter"We want them to understand that we all live in this world together, and that sacrifices have been made for them to live in the world that we live in today," Bell said.Across town at the Salvation Army, 24 children of families in need got to enjoy an egg hunt of their own.

Major Bob Parker with the Salvation Army says they wanted to make this Easter memorable for these children. "We're just glad to see them with smiles on their faces, and laughing, and that's what it's really all about," Parker said.

Today's Easter egg hunt in Linn Park also kicked off the annual spring fling downtown. This year's theme is "Let's Move"