This year the Hall Team celebrated the rebirth of a decade-old tradition of carving pumpkins for charity. The event started in October of ’05 and went on for three years. The pumpkin-palooza benefitted the Santa Barbara Foodbank with both food and monetary donations. This year, we teamed up with the Foodbank once again to see if we could help make a dent in the loss of over $9000 of food when their truck had an accident on the highway.
Preparations for the three day event started several weekends before, with the team assembling the stands that the pumpkins rested on. With four to build, it took a little elbow grease, and a lot of sweating, but we got them assembled!
Here are the bleachers before they filled up!
For the event itself, we had over 150 pumpkins ready to carve, and we got that and more! Neighbors, friends, family, and fellow agents stopped by to lend a hand and deliver donations. We raised over $1000 and donated almost 500 pounds of food! It all started with one pumpkin:
That lone pumpkin was soon joined by many friends. Over the three day period, the count grew to be almost 170 pumpkins in total! We lit them all up at night, so the neighborhood could enjoy the Jack O’lanterns:
Kevin was featured on the local radio station’s morning show, and the Santa Barbara Independent even wrote a story about us! We’re grateful to everyone who came out and helped! It was a fantastic event that raised money and awareness for the Foodbank at a crucial time. You can donate to the Foodbank here, to help someone who would otherwise go hungry at the holidays have a meal.
Tell us about your own charitable events. What do you do to connect with your local community?