Local pumpkin patch proceeds feed families in need

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Pumpkins are popping up on porches across West Tennessee, but one local vendor says getting your gourds from them could help feed families throughout the community.

20161010_103641“It’s funny, in this community, some people call us the pumpkin church,” lead pastor Brian Grow said.

Arrows line the driveway of First Christian Church that leads up to the congregation’s yearly pumpkin patch.

“[We have] 1,400 pumpkins here, and they range in size from just about ‘I can’t lift them’ to the tiny baby pumpkins,” Grow said.

But this pumpkin patch isn’t your average fall attraction — these pumpkins feed families.

“All of the proceeds of the pumpkin patch are used during Thanksgiving week, and we prepare boxes for families,” Grow said. “It’s neat for the community to feel like they are a part of it.”

Last year, the church was able to feed 200 families. The goal this year is 350.20161010_103717

“We have a fund that is just dedicated to those Thanksgiving purchases so it’s only used once a year, and every single penny that comes in goes for that,” Grow said.

Not only can you get pumpkins ranging in size, but you can also purchase other fall decorations with all of those proceed going back to the community. Prices range from 50 cents to $30, with straw bales and corn bundles also available.

“They love it. In fact, they sometimes say, ‘you know, even though the pumpkins are a little bit more expensive than I could get at maybe a big box store, I want to come because I know that it’s going to be making a difference,'” Grow said.

The positive community feedback is helping this outreach program grow each year. Plus, the pumpkin patch is open daily from noon until 6 p.m.

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