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Pumpkin Pics & Ideas
Pumpkins are a terrific symbol of harvest and thanksgiving. Arriving late in the fall, they bring joy, food, and the seeds of a future harvest --which all the best things to be grateful for do.
After Halloween, pumpkin patches sometimes literally give away their remaining pumpkins. (Contact them, tell them what you want the pumpkins for, then make them an offer.)
How about a Gratitude Pumpkin Painting Project --inviting people to "buy" a pumpkin from your collection and use a paint pen to write what they are grateful for --and then donate the proceed (pro-seeds") to the local food bank or to help "seed" a new mission effort. This is an easy project to get kids involved.
When your pumpkins are "done," mulch them with fall leaves in the church's compost heap. Don't have a church compost heap? You do now! Taking care of Creation means providing for next year's harvest.
The two above are free to use from unsplash.com provided you reference the source.