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Pumpkin giveaway hits the mark


By Judy Reed

It may have looked a little different this year, but last Saturday’s Green Family & Friends pumpkin giveaway was just what the doctor ordered for families in Cedar Springs this fall. 

The event, a drive-thru trunk or treat and pumpkin giveaway put on by the Cordell Green family and supported by partners from City Impact, Rise Up Church, and more, estimates at least 1,000 people attended.

The event was held from 2-6 p.m. in the Cedar Trails drop off/pick up area. About 300 cars entered from Northland Drive and on to Holton Drive (by Green Acres) and took turns driving through the drop off area. The area was set up with regular masked volunteers, and costumed volunteers who decorated their car trunks and served kiddoes in each car with all kinds of candy treats as they made their way around the circle. Kids saw all kinds of costumed characters, including sharks, spiderman, a dinosaur, and a gorilla who sometimes stole their candy!

Cordell Green estimated 300 cars drove through, and they gave out 850-900 trick or treat bags. They also gave out over 1,000 hot dogs, chips waters, cotton candy, and cookies. At the very end, each child also got a pumpkin.

“I’d like to thank all the volunteers and co-hosts,” said Green. “Without them, it wouldn’t happen.”

Kelley Bergsma, with City Impact, was also excited on how well the event turned out. “The event was fabulous!” she said. “So many families commented that it was an amazing idea for the times we are in. There was joy! (There was) a sense of community and love, so many smiles and fun creative trunk or treat stations, so much yummy food and pumpkins! What a day of fun and it was bumper to bumper almost the whole time. Families said it was well worth the wait. Once again, Cordell Green’s event blessed this red flannel town! It was fun to partner with so many people.”

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Fundraiser at Morley Park for Brison Ricker


 

If you’d like to do something fun this weekend to with the family and help out someone in need at the same time, stop by the 2017 Green Family & Friends Pumpkin Giveaway at Morley Park, 70 Cedar Street in Cedar Springs, this Saturday, October 21, from 2-6 p.m.

The Green family has graciously volunteered to put on a Friend and Family Fundraiser with all proceeds being donated to help with local teen Brison Ricker’s medical needs. Brison was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor, in January 2016. Everything at Saturday’s event is free, with donations being accepted.
The event includes food, games, and other entertainment. Food includes hotdogs, chips, homemade cupcakes, candy, popcorn, cotton candy, and drinks. Families can play games such as balloon pop, duck pond, acorn toss, roll up, pumpkin drop, ring toss, football toss and more.
Entertainment includes a pumpkin giveaway (600 available); Stormy the Magician; a costume contest (6 minimum—$100  prizes being awarded based on gender and age); face painting; and silent auction. The Kent County Sheriff Department and Cedar Springs Fire Department (with fire truck) will also be on hand. Be sure to bring pop cans for their pop can drive.

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