Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill hosts its 25th annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser for charity.
The pumpkin patch offers all sizes of pumpkins from small hand-held “spookies” to very large pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns. Also for sale are homemade soups, baked goods, and knit wear.
All net profits from the pumpkin patch support the church’s outreach activities at the community, regional and international levels. Last year, over 25 charities received support ranging from Alexandria charities working with homelessness and education, to regional anti-poverty programs, to international work including a children’s ministry in Haiti, nurses training in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a hospital in Gaza.
“The pumpkin patch is a wonderful ministry for many reasons,” says the Rev. Randy Alexander, Rector of Immanuel. “The entire parish is involved. It’s our welcoming door to the community, and it gives us the resources to do God’s charitable work. It’s truly faith in action.”
The church works with Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers in North Carolina, a small company which consigns pumpkins to churches and non-profit organizations throughout the country. The pumpkins are sustainably grown on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Farmington, New Mexico, and are shipped throughout the country by semi-trailer trucks to participating churches and organizations. In its first year of sales in 1993, Immanuel received a shipment of about 1/4th of a truckload. In recent years, Immanuel received four semi-trailer truckloads.