Many hands made light work


Dozens of folks were on hand to unload hundreds of pumpkins onto the lawn across from the First United Methodist Church in Mineola on Monday.

"Don't pick them up by the stems!" could be heard echoing through the trailer on more than one occasion.

A flow of wheelbarrows full of pumpkins from the back of the big box through rows of pallets and back again kept a steady stream of the seasonal gourds moving for over an hour.

Trucked in from New Mexico, the orange spherical fruit are sold to help the church raise money for its community youth programs.

The festive fundraiser brought in almost $2,000 for their ministries in the inaugural patch last year, according to organizer Michelle Epps.

With their second installment almost ready to go, the patch will open Saturday and run through Halloween, open daily from 11 a.m. until dusk, with events the next two Saturdays, the 19th and 26th.