ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Ithaca Police Benevolent Association hosted an Easter egg hunt for community children on Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds of people made their way to Washington Park to hunt for eggs.  Together, kids and officers looked for eggs while enjoying some snacks and outdoor time. The PBA says the organization is about giving back to the community, and that's what this event aimed to do.

"We really hope that this is going to help bring people together. We've been through some challenging times in Ithaca, and we feel that the community and the officers can rally around an event like this and really build relationships and partnerships," said Thomas Condzella, the president of the Ithaca PBA.

The egg hunt was free to attend, but donations were accepted.  The donations collected will be used to support the families of fallen officers from New York, from the Endicott Police Department and the Geneese County Sheriff's Department.

"It feels great to give back to our community, give back to law enforcement, and the ones who have passed away," said Officer Kaitlyn Bliss from the Ithaca Police Department.

Organizers say they hope this will turn into a yearly tradition.