Thank you to the community

Second Congregational Church of Winchester (UCC) extends heartfelt thanks to all who helped make our annual Pumpkin Patch a success. For fifteen years, the community of Winchester has helped make a difference in thousands of people’s lives just by buying pumpkins from our annual Patch.

The pumpkins and gourds are grown on Native American (Navajo and Pueblo) lands in New Mexico, where unemployment is 42%. Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers raise $1.3 million a year for Native Americans by planting, harvesting, and shipping 2 million pumpkins in 6 weeks. All of the staff and management on the farms are Native American, so this project provides jobs as well as direct financial assistance.

Here in Winchester, your pumpkin purchases raised $15,000 this year! Two-thirds of that money goes back to the Pumpkin Patch Organization, ensuring that Native American workers will continue to have jobs next year.

With the portion of the money that stays here in Winchester, we are able to give financial support to the youth groups that help us unload the tractor trailer delivering pumpkins every year: After School Programs (McCall Middle School), Connect and Commit Service/Learning Program (Winchester High School), and Boy Scout Troop 507. In addition, remembering Jesus’ command to love one another in word and deed and care for those who are in need, we donate to the Woburn Food Pantry (Council of Social Concern).

So thank you for stopping by our Pumpkin Patch in 2018: now that you know more about the good your purchases this year have done in Winchester and beyond, we hope you feel as good about the pumpkins you got from us as we do about having helped get them to you, and we look forward to seeing you again next October!

-- Rev. Heather M. Hinton, Pastor, Second Congregational Church of Winchester, Washington Street