Aggies Open Pumpkin Patch Benefiting Habitat For Humanity

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

Thousands of pumpkins are on the lawn of Covenant Presbyterian Church in College Station for the Aggie Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser.

"We have somewhere over 2,000 and that's slightly more than in the past. But, I think we're confident, in the past we've sold pretty much all of them by Halloween," said Beth Owens, Aggie Habitat.

This is the third year Aggies have painted the town orange, with pumpkins that is. But they don't seem to mind the color, because it's all for a good cause.

"We try to eliminate substandard housing in the Bryan College Station area. We pay $20,000 per semester to build a house so all that money will go towards building the house next semester," said Owens.

A company named Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers supplies Aggie Habitat with the pumpkins free of charge. More than 40 students spent hours unloading the supplies at the church. But the group is faced with a small set back because this year the fundraiser is getting off to a late start.

"We had hoped to start on Thursday but due to the hurricane relief efforts there was a lacking in the number of trucks that were available," said Owens.

Nevertheless, these Aggies plan to make up for lost time. The pumpkin patch will be open everyday through Halloween and the group plans to raise at least $4,000.


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