Annual Pumpkin Sale
In what has become a local tradition for the past two decades, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill offers pumpkins, gourds and seasonal foods for sale in October to help the charitable programs the parish supports.
More than 20 non-profit organizations benefit from the proceeds from the pumpkin sale, including local charities such as ALIVE!, Carpenter's Shelter, Community Lodgings, and Child and Family Network Centers. International charities include Five Talents and the Haiti Micah Project.
100% of the profits from the pumpkin sale are donated to charity.
The pumpkins are grown on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, and they are distributed and consigned to Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill and over 1,300 other churches of various denominations throughout the nation. These partnerships support over 300 jobs on the reservation, as well the programs of participating churches.
The entire parish community participates in the annual pumpkin sale. On the first Sunday in October, scores of volunteers will unload pumpkins from two 18-wheel semi-trailer trucks. Thereafter, volunteers will staff the patch for 10 hours each day until Halloween. Volunteers also make delicious soups and baked goods for sale.