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Parents Pick Pumpkins, Help Local Organizations

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Gavin Miller pulled his younger brother Miles in a wagon around the pumpkin patch at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, which will donate all of its proceeds to two local organizations.

After Gavin's mother Cara picked him up from the nearby Liberty Montessori School in Mamaroneck, the Harrison preschooler, 4, saw the sign for the pumpkin patch and begged her to stop. She agreed and, minutes later, the two brothers were running around the sloped field looking for the most interesting looking pumpkins.

"I like the way it's laid out," Gavin's grandmother Tamora said. "It's very nice, especially for the kids. They can go and pick out whatever they want. They just have to learn not to pick them form the stem."

All pumpkins were grown by Navajo Indians on a reservation farm in New Mexico as part of the Community Pumpkin Patch 2011. St. Thomas is one of more than 800 organizations nationwide selling pumpkins on consignment, which creates about 1,200 jobs on the farm, said Deacon Lynn Wardel, of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

The annual pumpkin patch has also raised more than $70,000 for local organizations since its inception in 2001. St. Thomas' proceeds go to Larchmont Friends of the Family and the Washingtonville Housing Alliance.

Like the Millers, Kristin Siano's son Alex, 4, attends pre-school in Mamaroneck. They returned to St. Thomas' pumpkin patch for a second year. Both families said it was a good experience and a good cause.

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