The Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill hosts its 27th annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser for charity as the corner of Seminary Road and Quaker Lane are ablaze in a sea of orange. The pumpkin patch officially opened October 4 and runs through October 31.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Two 18-wheelers of pumpkins arrived Oct. 3 with the normal bucket-brigade approach to unloading the trucks replaced by a forklift. Socially distanced groups of parishioners then unloaded the pumpkins for display. The pumpkin patch offers all sizes of pumpkins from small hand-held “spookies” to extra-large pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns. Prices start at $1 and go up based on size. Also for sale are homemade soups, baked goods, knitwear and autumn Halloween-themed crafts."
As per the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "The pumpkins and gourds are sustainably grown by Navajo farmers on a Navajo Indian Reservation near Farmington, New Mexico. All net proceeds will be used to support the church’s outreach activities at the community, regional and international levels. Last year, over 25 charities received support, including local nonprofits Carpenter's Shelter, ALIVE!, Lazarus Ministry, Bishop Walker School, Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Haiti-Micah Project, and others."