Posted: Sep 26, 2016
Royston, GA:: On Saturday, September 24, the Men's & Women's swim team helped a local church unload 1,444 pumpkins for their annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser.
Each year, the Royston First United Methodist Church hosts their annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. The pumpkins come from a Native American Indian reservation in New Mexico. A truck, full of pumpkins, is driven three days and arrives in Georgia to be unloaded by volunteers from the community. During the month of October, the pumpkins are sold and all proceeds are used for outreach ministry by the Royston First UMC.
Head Swim Coach, Allen Gilchrest commented; "What a great experience it is for our swim team to serve. It is hard to imagine these pumpkins being purchased in New Mexico helping the income of a Native American population, then student-athletes from EC who are from Australia, Columbia, Brazil, Spain, South Africa, France, Poland, Barbados, and multiple U.S. states helping to unload the pumpkins. In turn the pumpkins are sold to fund outreach missions, here in the U.S. and internationally. Wow!