They’re notorious for getting smashed, bashed, run over, vandalized, stolen. Why do these happy orange gourds — that bring so much crafty joy to Halloween-loving kids and most normal folks — bring out such malice and Evil in others?
Here’s a sad tale from Saco, Maine, about a family with a disabled son who planted a pumpkin patch to raise a little extra money to help pay for his medical needs. (Five-year-old Andrew Berry suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy and a remodeled bathroom and ramp entry to his house would make life easier for his family.) On the night Hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast — throwing down trees on homes and cars and flooding Vermont — vandals destroyed the field and stole all the pumpkins… as if a hurricane/tropical storm wasn’t enough for people to worry about.
Now for the good news: neighbors came forward with cash donations after the little guy’s father, Jason Berry, planted this rather frank sign in his destroyed patch. Dad told the Portland Press Herald that so far he’s received supportive letters, sympathetic visits, more than $130 and gift pumpkins. The family plans to sell the gourds in October in place of the ones they lost — about 120 from a pumpkin they tossed into the field. (Really? Who is this Dad… Jack and the Beanstalk?)
In gratitude and humility, they now plan to share their pumpkin sale profits with deserving local organizations: the nonprofit Morrison Center in Scarborough, where little Andrew receives medical care and pre-schooling, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Maine, which the family already supports through its annual fundraising walk.
“I know whoever took (the pumpkins) probably doesn’t realize who they took them from,” Jason Berry said, while admitting the damage to his garden literally made him sick. “I’m not mad now because of this tenfold of good that’s come out of this.”
Guess the idiots now know who they stole from. If they can read anyway.
Police are still investigating and are asking for tips.
I hope the Great Pumpkin punishes these veggie-vandalizing losers!