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Alliston Lions host first annual ‘Pumpkin Run’

November 8, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

What do you do with a pumpkin? You turn it into a Jack-O-Lantern. What do you do with a Jack-O-Lantern? Good question!

The Alliston Lions Club Inc. figured it out, and held its first annual Pumpkin Run on Friday, November 1 at their hall on Boyne Street.

The event encouraged members of the community to come out and gather – a nice way to celebrate Halloween one more time (and with good weather this time!), bring their carved pumpkins and drink hot chocolate and eat cookies together.

“We collected the pumpkins, lined the front of the Lions Club and let the pumpkins glow one last time,” said Alliston Lions representative Jaime Karsch. “We collected just over fifty carved and un-carved pumpkins, and had about twenty people attend, with some others just dropping off their pumpkins and leaving.

“We gave out hot chocolate and cookies to everyone who attended. We will be doing the event again next year, we hope to make it into an annual event.”

At the conclusion of the event, the pumpkins were loaded into a pickup truck and donated to Silver Willow Farm Rescue & Sanctuary.

“We dropped them off the next day, Saturday, November 2, during the farm’s Open House,” said Karsch.

The next event planned for the Alliston Lions Club is an Open House on Sunday, November 10, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“We will be showcasing how the Alliston Lions Club helps the community. You can learn about our programs, events and initiatives – and it’s a great time to ask any questions you might have,” reads their Facebook page. “Plus, we’re going to be collecting items and ‘Stuffing A Truck for Diabetes.’”

Diabetes Canada accepts the following items:

Electronics and Sporting Goods:

• Cameras

• CDs, VHS tapes

• Cell phones, PDAs

• Sporting goods (packed in a box/bag)

• Laptops

• Tablets

• Toys, games, and gaming consoles

Household Items:

• Bake-ware

• Bar-ware

• Bath items

• Cookware/pots and pans

• Cutlery, utensils

• Decorative accents

• Small household appliances (blenders, irons, hand mixers, etc.)

• Tableware


• Accessories and bags

• Clothing (all types) 

• Curtains

• General cloth items – bedding and bath items

• Shoes and boots

• Sleeping bags

Other Items

• Hand tools (packed in a box)

• Luggage

For a list of acceptable donation items please visit:

For more information about the Alliston Lions Clubs and their events, ‘Like’ them on Facebook at


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