Pumpkin Tree Brings to Light Foster Children In Need of Adoption


For the fourth year a great pumpkin tree will rise over the Village Pointe Center Court in Omaha.

This month-long community event raises awareness for the children and teenagers in Nebraska's foster care system, 1,033 of whom are eligible and waiting to be adopted.

On Monday, volunteers from Kiewit will construct the framework for the 17-foot tree and guild volunteers will then "plant" 1,033 pumpkins on its "branches."

A full day of fun will take place on Saturday, October 27, and will give people a chance to learn about the desperate need for foster and adoptive families – especially those who can give a teenager a loving home.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday is the Free Family Festival.

The pumpkins will come down from the tree for carving. Then, Brite Ideas and CM's A Cut Above will stage the lights as they are returned to the tree. Meanwhile, children and families can enjoy a ghoulish hair design show, a pumpkin pie eating contest and other family-friendly fun.

Then at 7:00 p.m. the switch will be flipped on the pumpkin tree, and things will really light up.

The event is organized by members of the Forever Families Guild, which provides volunteer support to Children Services at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska.

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is a statewide community-based organization which impacts over 35,000 individuals annually, from offices in 18 cities in the areas of behavioral health, children services and service to new communities.