Washington Evening Journal
111 North Marion Avenue
Washington, IA 52353
Vibrantly painted pumpkins started showing up on doorsteps around Washington this week, a result of Washington County 4-H’s new Pumpkins with a Purpose program.
“The goal is just to spread some kindness in a different way,” Iowa State University Extension Youth Coordinator Amy Green said. “People are growing pumpkins and buying pumpkins and decorating with pumpkins … I thought, ‘what’s a way that we can give to that community with some of that fun?’”
Green said kids could register to pick up free pumpkins at the extension office, which they were instructed to paint with positive messages and encouraging words before delivering to the doorsteps of friends and family members.
“It’s a way to spread some cheer and kindness and motivation,” she said. “Just a fun way to give a little random act of kindness to someone not expecting it … this is just a simple and fun way to do that.”
Green said the 30 pumpkins were donated by Country Pumpkins, a farm in the community.
“We’re part of the community, and I’ve known the person that puts on that program for many years, and just thought it sounded like a fun project to put on for the kids,” said Brandon Black, a co-owner of Country Pumpkins. “Just a way to give back in a very small way.”