SIMPSONVILLE, S.C (WSPA-TV) – With Halloween right around the corner, you may be on the lookout for a pumpkin to carve. However, you probably didn’t know that one of the nation’s best pumpkin patches is in our backyard.
The 10th annual Holy Cross Pumpkin Patch in Simpsonville kicked off October 1st.
With more than 3000 pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks for sale, chances are even the youngest of shoppers at the pumpkin patch will find something special to take home. Yet, to the more than 500 volunteers who’ve made this patch possible for the last decade, they know this more about giving back.
100% of all sales go to Upstate charities. They’ve raised $180,000 dollars since 2006.
“Our church is reaching out to the people,” explained Father Alfredo Gonzales.
Gonzales came to Holy Cross Episcopal Church two years ago. He said he’ll never forget the first time he saw the patch in action.
“To me, it was a show of how our church is so into the mission idea,” he said.
They are on a mission to make the Upstate a better place.
What started as a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser has blossomed, with 9 other area charities now benefitting each year.
In addition to Habitat, the 2016 beneficiaries include Fountain Inn Kids Enrichment, Holy Cross Academy Scholarship Fund, James Monroe Mission House, Little Steps, Safe Harbor, Synergy Garden, Upstate Warrior Solution, Greenville Literacy Association, and Golden Strip Emergency Relief.
“I see the members of holy cross…I see their faces. They are glowing that we were able to do that,” said Gonzales.
The site off Simpsonville’s main street is a welcome one, letting kids be kids and adults be kids…again.
“We would like for people to come over and see us and take a pumpkin or two and visit us,” said Gonzales.
The patch is open the entire month of October. It opens Weekdays from 11am-8pm, Saturday from 9am-8pm and Sunday from 12pm -6pm.
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