SOURCE: Blind Babies Foundation

April 06, 2007 16:07 ET

Blind or Visually Impaired Children Take Part in Easter Egg Hunt -- Annual Bay Area Beeper Egg Hunt Takes Place April 7 at Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street in S.F.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 6, 2007 -- More than 75 families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area will come together on April 7 at the Universalist Church for the Blind Babies Foundation's sixth annual Beeper Egg Hunt. The beeping eggs, designed by Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., of Dublin, Calif., are battery operated and emit a high pitched beeping noise similar to a watch or alarm clock. There are holes at the bottom for sound projection so children who are blind or visually impaired can easily hear the sound, locate the eggs throughout the park and add to their baskets. When a child completes the hunt, they can exchange their beeping eggs for prizes and candy.

This year's event will be hosted by Joel Bartlett of ABC7 News, and supported by several local Bay Area companies and organizations. Volunteers from the International Rotarian Youth, U.C. Berkeley Delta Gamma Collegiate Women and Variety Children's Charity will join the event. Additionally, Trumpette Clothing will provide t-shirts with a Braille design and Carl Zeiss Meditec will distribute gift baskets to the children. Music will be provided by the Irish Folk Group, Banish the Dogs.

The Blind Babies Foundation has been in existence since 1949, supporting families with infants and preschoolers who are blind or visually impaired by providing family-centered services to support the child's optimal development and access to the world. The organization serves 12 counties in Northern California and two counties in Central California. Services include: home visits by specially trained Vision Impairment Specialists; assistance with and support for growth and development of the child, mobility, orientation and adjustment to family life; preparation for medical visits as well as attending medical visits with families; parent education for a better understanding of child's medical results; assistance with early childhood programs to encourage learning, and more.

The organization serves approximately 500 families annually and more than 30,000 individuals have benefited from its services over the past 57 years. To learn more about the Blind Babies Foundation, visit:

Event Date:             Beeper Egg Hunt, April 7, 2007
Event Time:             11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Event Location:         Universalist Church
                        1187 Franklin Street
                        Parking Garage on Van Ness

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