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Moses Lake farm donates 8,000 pumpkins to local students and non-profits

Cool Story - Moses Lake farm donates 8,000 pumpkins to local students and non-profits

SPOKANE, Washington - It's beginning to feel like fall as the leaves are beginning to change colors and the temperature is dropping. A farmer from Moses Lake and his family started growing 8,000 pumpkins before autumn even arrived to give them to Spokane's local schools and nonprofit organizations.

For youngsters who don't want to go far to the farm, The Great Pumpkinfest patch made its way to Adams Elementary School in Spokane on Friday. It brought a lot of pumpkins and a pleasant morning.

Adams Elementary School is only one of the several educational institutions and charitable organizations that benefits from the Moses Lake farm's generosity. The Great Pumpkinfest was created by its founder and organizer, Joshua Loera, to collect money for the food bank during the pandemic.

They contributed $34,000 to local students' meals in the first year.

According to Loera, "I can't fathom, you know, my kids experiencing food insecurity or, you know, going through things that a lot of kids do."

From there, they grew and continued to develop to find new partners and support additional nonprofit organizations. In the last few years, they have raised more than $80,000, according to Loera, and all of it has been donated to the neighborhood.

One of the charities that The Great Pumpkinfest supports is Generation Alive. In Spokane, they assist young people in developing into compassionate leaders.

The CEO of Generation Alive, JJ Vancil, claimed that the organization teaches young people to give back to the community, serve, and experience the joy of assisting others.

On a two-acre property in Moses Lake, Loera and his family have raised 8,000 pumpkins over the past few months.

"Planting, cultivating, maintaining their spread to ensure they have space to thrive, weeding, and fertilizing," Loera explained.

They are all manually cut, individually loaded, and transported to Spokane with all sales going to charity.

Loera's father taught him to be kind and to work hard.

He has worked in agriculture all of his life. They do a little amount of corn, you know, that they sold throughout the years to come back and assist their sisters to pay for college and basketball and stuff like that.

Beyond the season, the impact of what began as a seed and eventually became a pumpkin will endure.

They utilize that money to invest in young people to give back even more. Consequently, there is this multiplication effect.

There are several temporary pumpkin patches open throughout October if you want to support The Great Pumpkinfest.

There will be temporary pumpkin patches at both Brick West Brewing and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Line dancing, face painting, and even a petting zoo will be available.

They will be in the South Hill area at Summit Church at the end of October. Visit the website of The Great Pumpkinfest for additional details.

You can grow pumpkins on your farm or anything else to donate. You can also conduct an event in your town to collect pumpkins. Give those items to organizations working to serve and support deserving people. You can also directly give those items to deserving people. Start your cool deed today by using free cooldeeds.org tools.

 


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