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First Presbyterian Church holds annual pumpkin sale
The First Presbyterian Church in Hastings is beginning its pumpkin sales this weekend and Justin Miller spoke with News 5 about what they're going to do with the funds.
Amy West: Last year more than $3,000 were earned through the pumpkin sales. That was taken to Joplin, Missouri to help with some of the rebuilding there. What are you going to do this year?
Justin Miller: This year we're going to use part of the proceeds to help fund CASA's Maryland Living Center on 7th Street. What that is for is really to give teens and youth who are either homeless or aged out of the foster care system a place to transition and get their lives in order. They'll provide counseling services, educational opportunities among other services for those youth.
Amy: Why is that something the Presbyterian Church decided to help with?
Justin: We really gave it up to our Senior High youth group and let them pick where they wanted the money to go. It's something they really connected with seeing as it was for teens and youth their own age.
Amy: Alright, and that's one of the local things these funds are being used for, but you're also going nationally.
Justin: Yes, every summer the Senior High youth of First Presbyterian Church take a go and serve mission trip. We do that all over the United States and sometimes even internationally. Next summer, in 2013 the youth have decided they'd like to go to Los Angeles to really see something quite different than they've been used to. The last couple years we've been doing things more locally in Missouri and Iowa so, I think, it will be an eye-opening experience to go to midtown Los Angeles and do some service there.
Amy: Help with some of the inner city projects. Alright, and this is going on in plenty of time for Halloween. The pumpkins actually come tomorrow and then you start selling them on Sunday.
Justin: Yes, we'll be open noon to 4:00 on Sundays and then noon to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday so we'd love to have the community support.
Amy: Fantastic. So that is again starting October 7th through October 20th. And how much money do you need to bring to get out there and get a good pumpkin?
Justin: It depends on how big you want your pumpkin. Prices vary from 50 cents all the way up to $50 depending on the size.
Amy: And it's at the church located at 622 North Lincoln Avenue.
Justin: Yes, over in the annex building.
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