The offload of the pumpkins begins at 9 am on Saturday, October 6th. We are hoping for a huge turnout so we can get the pumpkins off the truck and onto the palettes in record time. Bring friends, family and anyone who needs community service to lend a hand. A free hot dog lunch will follow the offload. Check your email before you come in case the truck is delayed.
Special thanks to the Men's Group for setting up the pallets, hay bales and fences in preparation for the off load. Also, to the Youth Group for planning a free, fall family carnival on October 28th from 11-1 pm. Check your Sheepskin or the Good Shepherd Facebook page for more details. You, too, can help the effort by signing up to volunteer for a sales shift at church or on line. There are many shifts still available!
Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers, the company that supplies our pumpkins is currently hiring some 500 people from the Navajo and Zuni reservations to harvest 1200 acres of pumpkins. This harvest should provide about $1.5 million payroll in a region with 40% unemployment. It takes a small army to harvest 2 million pumpkins in just six weeks.
So in addition to the money Pumpkin Patch of Centennial gives to local agencies, we are also contributing to employment in an area that desperately needs it.