Pretty Painted Pumpkins for Senior Citizens

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The leaves are red and gold, there are pumpkins on doorsteps, and scary decorations in yards. That means it's time for Halloween!

The leaves are red and gold, there are pumpkins on doorsteps, and scary decorations in yards. That means it's time for Halloween! Halloween is ablaze with many traditions different to different families. This Halloween, my school started a new tradition.I am apart of my school's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Recently, during one of our after-school meetings, fellow students and I painted pumpkins for a senior center.

 

NJHS and I carefully decorated our pumpkins, and then we distributed them to two different senior centers. (We had around 50 painted pumpkins!) At one of the centers, students placed the pumpkins around a fireplace and then teamed up with some of the residents for a friendly spelling bee. One woman knew the correct answer to EVERY word!At the second senior center, seniors got to come and pick out what pumpkin they liked best and then were assisted on bringing that pumpkin back to their rooms. Some of the less mobile residents were brought pumpkins to their rooms.

 

Our pumpkins displayed a large variety of faces, Halloween garnishes, and other designs. My pumpkin was tiny and had a cute smile and huge eyes, while my friend's pumpkin had a big spider on it. Some people painted the Bronco's logo, or even just stripes. My favorite pumpkin though, was Minnie Mouse! The pumpkin was painted black, with a white face in the design of Minnie. The pumpkin even had black cardboard ears spouting from its head!This was a fun community service project that I encourage other kids to participate in.

 

You don't have to be apart of a group like NJHS to do community service like this though. Anyone could get together a group of friends to paint pumpkins. (You don't have to paint nearly as many as 50 either!) Once your pumpkins are painted, make sure to call a local senior center, or any center you have in mind, before dropping off your pumpkins. We called and a few centers said no to us bringing pumpkins, so make sure you get the "ok" before you deliver your painted pumpkins.

 

The residents of the senior centers were so happy to have us there and really enjoyed receiving the pumpkins. It shocked me how fragile some of the residents were, and made me happy to be doing something for them. I encourage other students to try this activity. You could be making someone's Halloween a happy one!