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Volunteers Pick Pumpkins for Inner-City Kids

Earth Team Volunteer Dawn HollingThree days before Halloween, Earth Team volunteers Dawn Marie Holling and Sal Donzella, along with staff from NRCS, the Farm Service Agency, and the Southwest Conservation District piled into trucks and cars and headed to the great pumpkin patch. 

With the support of State Conservationist Lisa Coverdale, and the generosity of Jones Family Farm in Shelton, and Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, the group gleaned approximately 200 pumpkins, which were then loaded into personal vehicles for distribution. The destination was the Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Centers in New Haven.

Working in coordination with Pamela-Jean Berkheiser, Operations and Special Projects Coordinator at Yale New Haven Hospital, the deliveries went off without a hitch.  Because the hospital has two pediatric care centers, the group split up and headed off to both destinations.  Each group met with dock workers who unloaded the pumpkins and transported them to the centers where the kids were waiting.  What happened next was magical ...Earth Team Volunteer Sal Donzella

The kids (and the staff) were so excited to see everyone, and welcomed them with open arms. One of the centers posted a sign that said, “Pumpkins for Kids Event Today!! Welcome Farmers”.   The kids picked out their favorite pumpkin and held on tight while conversations were flowing.  Everyone involved said it was the smiles on those cherubic faces that made it all worthwhile.   Priceless!