This Inspirational Dad Invented Beeping Eggs So Visually Impaired Children Could Enjoy Easter
There’s awesome dads, and then there’s David Hyche, who went above and beyond in his fatherly duties to make sure his visually impaired daughter, Rachel, could enjoy Easter.
Nine years ago Hyche, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from Birmingham, Alabama, was trying to find ways for then 19-month-old Rachel, who is blind, to enjoy the same egg-hunting activities as her older brother. The beeping models that were already out there were expensive, so Hyche found a way to be a true hero to his little girl — using a switch, a piezo beeper, a 9-volt battery and battery clip, which he placed inside a plastic egg.
“I was researching online how she could do an Easter egg hunt and have fun with it and I found that people were already making beeping eggs,” he told ABC News. “I called a man in Los Angeles and he told me how he did it and then I came up with a cheaper way to do it.”
Hyche made 40 of the eggs, then held the first-ever Beeping Easter Egg hunt in Birmingham. Nine years later, dozens of the Hunts are held nation-wide, with Hyche’s friends from the ATF and bomb squads helping him make more eggs. There’s even a charity called “The Rachel Project” that teaches any group that wants to learn how to make the eggs, at no cost. The eggs are even being used at schools for the blind, as they teach kids how to locate things using logical search patterns.