Pumpkins for a Purpose Fundraiser

Stop by the Peace Dale Congregational Church to support the Welcome House!

On​ Saturday,​ October​ ​7,​ ​2017,​ 1,800​ pumpkins​ from​ ​the ​Navajo​ ​Reservation in​ New​ ​ Mexico​ will​ ​be delivered​ to​ ​Peace​ ​Dale​ ​Congregational​ ​Church​ ​at​ the​ ​corner​ ​of​ ​Columbia​ ​and​ ​Church​ ​Streets ​in ​Peace Dale. Fraternity​ ​brothers​ ​from​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Rhode ​ ​Island’s Lambda​ ​Chi​ ​Alpha​ ​will​ ​help​ ​unload​ the​ pumpkins ​with ​assistance ​from​ ​local​ ​Scout​ ​troops. ​The pumpkins​ ​will​ be​ ​available​ ​for ​sale​ daily​ beginning ​October ​8th​ from​ ​ ​11:00 a.m.​ ​till​ ​dusk​ ​until​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of ​the month​ ​with​ community​ engagement events​ on​ ​ Saturdays,​ including​ a​ ​church-sponsored​ Pumpkin​ Palooza​ festival​ on​ ​October​ 14th.​ ​ ​Students from ​South​ ​Kingstown​ ​High​ School’s​ ​National​ Honor​ ​Society​ ​and Art​Department​ will​ assist​ with​ staffing. ​A​ ​local ​farmer​ ​has​ ​donated​ a​ giant​ pumpkin​ ​to​ ​serve ​as​ a​ ​beacon​ for​ sales.

“This is​ ​such ​a​ great​​ fundraiser​​ ​for​ us.​​ Last​ ​year’s​ ​efforts​ ​provided​ ​over​ ​$5,000​ to​ support​ ​emergency shelter​ ​and​ ​affordable​ ​housing​ ​in​ ​South​ County.​ ​We ​can’t​ ​thank​ Peace​ ​Dale​ Congregational​ Church​ enough for​ coordinating​ ​this​ annual​​ ​event,”​ ​said ​Allison​ ​ ​Martinez,​ Interim​ ​Director,​ ​Welcome​ House​ ​of South ​ ​County.​ ​“We’re really​ ​excited​ ​for​ this​ year’s​ pumpkin​ patch,​ which​ will​ offer​ more​ ​pumpkins​ ​​and family-friendly ​activities every​ ​Saturday. ​It’s​ ​a​ great​ way​ ​to​ ​celebrate ​the​ ​season​ ​while​ helping​ ​our struggling neighbors​ ​as​ ​we head​ ​into​ the​ colder​ months.”​