In what has been a tradition for more than a quarter century, the legendary pumpkin patch sponsored by Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill opened for business Oct. 3 with thousands of pumpkins now ready for sale to benefit local and international charities. According to Alexndria Gazette Packet, "Now in its 28th year, the Pumpkin Patch fundraiser features pumpkins sustainably grown on a Navajo Indian Reservation near Farmington, N.M., and trucked across the country for sale in Alexandria. The pumpkin patch offers all sizes of pumpkins, from small hand-held “spookies” to very large pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns; prices start at $1 and go up based on size. Also for sale are gourds, home-made soups and baked goods, and autumn-Halloween-themed crafts. All net profits from the pumpkin patch support the church’s outreach activities at the community, regional and international levels." As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Last year, over 25 charities received support ranging from Alexandria charities working with homelessness and education, to regional anti-poverty programs, to international work including a children’s ministry in Haiti, nurses training in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a hospital in Gaza."