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Animal shelter to raise funds with pumpkin carving

Published 10:42am Monday, September 16, 2013

The Lake Martin Animal Shelter is offering the community a creative way to help a cause.
Starting Sept. 16 and any time thereafter, deluxe pumpkin carving kits can be picked up at the animal shelter for participation in the shelter’s pumpkin carving fundraiser.
Shelter director Mia Chandler said the idea came about as a way to turn a fun activity into a fundraiser.
“Last year, we were fortunate enough to be the recipient of a lot of holiday items from Walmart. And I was looking and saw we had dozens and dozens of pumpkin-carving kits,” Chandler said. “I thought that we could turn this into a fundraiser. Everyone loves carving pumpkins and they can get really creative.”
Kits are available for a donation of $10. Participants are asked to submit a picture of their work to the shelter, which will then be posted in a gallery on Facebook for the public to choose a winner on Oct. 26.

Chandler said the funds raised from the contest will not only help the shelter but also a charitable organization.
“We like to do what we call joint fundraisers. I like to do this and some of the funds go to another organization,” Chandler said. “We’ve done these for cancer before, and I think we are going to do something for a child-related organization.”
Chandler added there are no rules for the contest, except that the base be a pumpkin.
“I think it will be a lot of fun, and I am hoping there is going to be a big turnout,” Chandler said. “I can’t wait to see the Facebook gallery. It can be anything. I say let the mind go wild because there is absolutely no limitation on what you can do. If you want to embellish your pumpkin, that’s fine.”
For more information, contact the shelter at 256-234-5533.