The Navajo Indians of the Four Corners area of New Mexico raise pumpkins and deliver them to churches across the country for fund-raising projects. Peggy Raish read about their work and contacted the Navajos for the youth group at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
The Navajo truck unloaded our first 1000 pumpkins in October of 1994. During the fall season every year, the grounds of Holy Trinity are absolutely covered in pumpkins in a wide range of sizes and are viewed expectantly by members of the community and passersby. The "Pumpkin Patch" has been sponsored by the youth group. They fund Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts for the needy, aid to the Women's Shelter and various youth group activities. In addition to the sale of pumpkins, pumpkin bread baked by parishioners has been a money maker as well.
Through the years many activities have been added to the pumpkin sale, such as face painting, photos with pumpkins and scarecrows, trailer and wheelbarrow rides, bean bag toss games, and storytime for the children.
This project could not have been a success without the help of most of our Holy Trinity church family. The whole community of Sulphur and surrounding areas look forward to our annual event. We have been referred to as the "Pumpkin Patch Church".