Our fall fundraiser will be a Pumpkin Patch. Hundreds of pumpkins will be delivered this weekend - almost half of a large tractor trailer’s worth.
We will be selling pumpkins all throughout October from now until Halloween. In addition, the Patch will have special events on weekends, like face painting, a sing along or two and other kid-friendly events. Each day we will sell pumpkins, gourds, and harvest goodies - cookies, small bread tins, and Halloween candy.
The Patch will be a great place to gather every day, a fun place to visit after school and a neat way to raise money for several important causes:
-These pumpkins have been grown on Navajo Reservation land. Through our Patch we will support the people of the Navajo Nation, some of the poorest under-employed people in the country. It is a great way to direct our Halloween dollars to people who have great need.
-We will also send some money from the Patch to children and youth in Harwich who need extra help and assistance. Our patch will raise money for Friends of Harwich Youth and Children, a program designed by retired teachers to bridge the financial gap for kids in the Monomoy Schools. They help fund medical, dental and eye exams. They provide money for school supplies, clothing, test fees and shoes. They assisted some high school on last year’s trip to Spain. They help families buy Christmas gifts.
-Plus, all the money from the baked goods and a portion of the pumpkin sales will support Pilgrim Church. It’s a win, win, win with outreach implications locally and nationally.
We have 70 pallets on our lawn. ( Thanks Dick Smith, Dave Gould and Peggy O’Connor) Twenty people signed up to help unload the tractor trailer at 3:30 Saturday September 27th.
But we need more volunteers to help sell. The Patch will be open 7 days a week and we have some of our volunteer shifts filled but not all. Peggy has this all organized. If you volunteer she will train and support you. This will be the third church where she has started a Pumpkin Patch, and people have really loved this project. I hope you will get behind it. The Sign-up sheet is outside my office. If you get involved in this, you will have a lot of fun!
See you at the Patch.
On a more serious note:
Following my mom’s death a couple of weeks ago and her Memorial Service last weekend, I have been overwhelmed by the out-pouring of cards, muffins, and genuine sympathy you have sent. It is hard to explain how helpful your kindness has been and how much it has meant to me. I feel like I have been lifted and held by your many prayers. So I am very grateful.