About fifteen volunteers from four Sai Centers in the Greater Boston area conducted an Easter Egg Hunt at the Perkins School for the Blind on March 24, 2018. Sai volunteers have been partnering with the Perkins School for many years, helping with various events at least 6-8 times a year. 

The Easter Egg hunt truly proved to be an eye-opening experience for the volunteers who attended.  It allowed the volunteers to gain a glimpse of what life is like for children with severe visual disabilities and for their parents.

The Perkins School children who participated in the egg hunt ranged from 5-10 years old and suffer from one or more disabilities, including blindness, hearing impairment, and/or learning disabilities. We also had a few Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) children aged 15 and older in attendance who assisted and joined in the fun.

Volunteers hid eggs, filled with candy, around the school’s greenhouse and outdoor yard. These eggs were equipped with sound devices, which made a buzzing sound when turned on. The children with sight impairment utilized their hearing abilities to locate the “beeping” sounds and find the eggs.

The egg hunt allowed the volunteers to learn about the many challenges faced by individuals without sight and to gain a deep sense of gratitude for the blessings in their own lives.  As one of the YAs reflected, “After being with the Perkins School children, I feel there is no reason for us to keep complaining about our lives.”