Halloween Pumpkin Giveaway Raises $1,000 for the United Way
Mississauga, ON – At this time of year, many people want pumpkins for Halloween so REALTOR® Cliff Barron came up with an idea to help both the community and the United Way. He contacted local farmers and purchased a hefty load of 250 pumpkins! On Sunday, October 16, 2016, at the Beaty Neighbourhood Park, Cliff and volunteers gave them away by donation.
“We were in the park giving away pumpkins and meeting people for almost five hours,” Cliff is happy to report. “We told people they could take the pumpkins for free, but we invited them to make a donation to the United Way.”
“The event raised $605 from the sales/giveaway then I donated another $395 to top it up to $1,000. The United Way does a lot of great work in our region, so I wanted to help them while doing something fun for the community.”
His pumpkin giveaway also featured a draw for a gift basket. “The funny thing is, one boy who attended the event picked up a large pumpkin, then walked home with it almost half a mile. The pumpkin was almost as big as him! Later, when we did the draw and I delivered it, the door opened and there he was all smiles to learn he was the winner.”
Cliff thanks his dedicated volunteers including representatives from the United Way, his daughter Emily and his assistant’s daughter Leah. In addition, Cliff appreciates the cooperation of the town.
“Once the parks department found out that I was doing this for charity, they said go for it! They were very helpful. I was welcome to use the park with no permits required.”
In 2015, the United Way Milton provided 25,000 people with programs and services such as counselling, bereavement support, school time lunches and family groceries. For more information, please visit: http://miltonunitedway.ca.
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