Children accompanied by an adult may come to French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave., Brazil, Saturday, or to Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 E. 8th St., Clay City, Oct. 16, and pick out their very own pumpkins to take home. Time for the giveaway on both Saturdays is 10 a.m.-noon, or while pumpkins last.
French Funeral Home representative Nick French said the French family was looking for a community outreach project 10 years ago and read an article about a pumpkin giveaway.
"We thought it sounded like a great idea for us to do during the fall season," French said. "We gave away about 200 pumpkins the first year and this year, we've ordered 300 pumpkins."
Every year, there is something special planned for the funeral homes' pumpkin display, from horses to old cars to farm equipment. This year, there will be a Ford Jubilee tractor and hay wagon, French said.
"It's just a lot of fun to see all the kids running around smiling, picking out their pumpkin," French said. "It's something I look forward to throughout the year, not just in October."
The Pumpkin Giveaway is just one of the funeral homes' community programs. Others include an Easter Egg Hunt and a Community Holiday Program in late November or early December.
Also, ongoing throughout the year is the Cell Phones for Soldiers program, where the funeral home accepts old cell phones that are either repaired and given to soldiers serving overseas or are sold to pay for phone cards for soldiers.