, Newburyport, MA

October 12, 2012

Many hands made work light

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Last Saturday morning 30-plus youth and adults from the Community United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troop 44 and a few innocent bystanders gathered in the rain (well, drizzle) waiting for a truck full of pumpkins to arrive from New Mexico.

Each year the Methodist Church receives pumpkins from a non-profit organization that raises pumpkins on an Indian reservation. The money raised from the sale of these pumpkins supports the many outreach and mission projects of the church in addition to funding the schools on the reservation.

Because of a transportation snafu, the truck did not arrive on schedule. Everyone left but most of them, and a few others, came back at 5 p.m. just as the truck arrived. Although the rain had stopped, it was still damp and chilly. In an hour’s time this intrepid group had taken 764 bulk pumpkins and more than 500 assorted gourds from a very large truck and put them on display in the church grove.

This event is a single reminder of what it means to be in, and part of, a community. None of us could have done this without the others. Almost every person moved each pumpkin just for the fun of it and the chance to have some sore muscles at the end of the day.

Great teamwork, great effort. Thank you to the community of Byfield.

Heidi Fram

Community United Methodist Church of Byfield