Dear Editor,

The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township extends our sincere thanks to the greater Chatham community for its support of our 13th annual Pumpkin Patch. The patch is run entirely by volunteers and the church keeps none of the proceeds – 100 percent of the revenue goes to address hunger and need.

We are thrilled to report that pumpkin sales and donations this year totaled $21,000 which will be distributed among three worthy non-profit organizations:

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The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, recently renamed Nourish.NJ, in Morristown, will receive $4,300.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside will receive $4,300

Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers will receive the remainder of over $14,000. This organization works cooperatively with the Navajo Nation in New Mexico to grow and deliver the pumpkins, which has a lasting impact on a region with 42% unemployment.

The Pumpkin Patch is a community effort that involved more than 100 adult and youth volunteers for the entire month of October. We also would like to thank Boy Scout Troop 121 and members of the Chatham High School football team and cheerleading squad who helped unload over 3,000 pumpkins and gourds from the truck to the church lawn.

We are deeply grateful to the Chatham community for supporting this service project and fundraising initiative in a variety of ways. Thank you for partnering with us to provide food and hope to those who are most vulnerable.

Bruce Hoppe, Coordinator, Pumpkin Patch Program

The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township