Clowns, balloons, face painting and Halloween pumpkins to highlight Angels in Heaven pumpkin patch Saturday.
"We've had to turn families away just because we ran out of funds," said organization founder Melinda Ridgely. "We need the communities help so that we can keep giving the support."
Angels in Heaven was founded after Seth Jordan Ridgely, Melinda and George Ridgely's son, died four years ago. Melinda said the foundation was a good opportunity to heal.
"We now provide information and counseling to people who have lost a child," she said.
Angels in Heaven presents its fourth annual pumpkin patch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Brewery Arts Center at 449 W. King St. (at the corner of Division Street).
The group buy support books for still births and the funeral home sponsored her to do peer counseling for the mortuaries in town.
"The pumpkin patch is our biggest fund-raiser of the year," he said. Ridgely said that the donations have not been there this year. The group has already had to turn away a couple of families that needed help with funeral arraignments.
"We need this kind of support to help those who need it," she said.
Featured at the pumpkin patch will be miniature horses and carriage rides, games, clowns, balloons and face painting. Donation is $3 per child, adults are free when accompanied by a child.
The donation includes a pumpkin - we have almost 300 pumpkins donated from the stores - and all the activities. Donated pumpkins come from Albertson's, Safeway and Smith's Food & Drug. United Rents donated helium for the balloons.
All donations benefit the Seth Jordan Ridgely Angels in Heaven Memorial Fund.