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Scouts bring fall cheer to area seniors

Jessica Cuffman • Oct 2, 2012 at 5:12 AM

Harvesting was the easy part.

Divvying up the pumpkins properly for delivery to every nursing home in Erie County took a little more time.

Volunteering their Saturday morning, a mix of about a dozen people, Boy Scouts, troop leaders and Seniors Helping Seniors staff, met at Rowland Farms just north of the turnpike between Castalia and Bellevue.

One wagon ride later, a little less than a mile back through a cornfield, led by Joe Rowland, one of the property’s farmers, the group was smack dab in the middle of the pumpkin patch.

With plenty for the picking, it didn’t take long to meet the goal to collect enough pumpkins to distribute at every area nursing home.

The project started as an idea from Patty Snow, marketing manager for Seniors Helping Seniors, as a way to bring a little bit of fall to nursing home residents who can’t get out to the pumpkin patch any more.

One scout, Jordan Shifflet, 12, member of troop No. 8, just thought it would be fun to help collect the pumpkins.

“It seems like a hard job to grow them. It would take a lot of hard work,” he said.

His first time in a pumpkin patch, Saturday morning was a prime example of why he joined Boy Scouts — to make new friends and have new experiences.

A volunteer project through and through, Rowland Farms donated the pumpkins, scout troop leaders helped to pick and deliver them to the nursing homes, and next week Girl Scouts will visit the nursing homes to help residents decorate the pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

“Maybe it’ll put an extra smile on the their face,” Snow said.

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