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Purple Pumpkin Project: Domestic Violence Awareness

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Speer (WEEK) - Using the beauty of fall fun to raise awareness and money for an important cause.

That's what Tanners Orchard is doing in their partnership with Freedom House for the Purple Pumpkin Project.

Purple is the color that represents domestic violence awareness and October is domestic violence awareness month.

The Freedom House said that the painted pumpkins represent a heart breaking reality.

Last year, 115 victims of domestic violence stayed at the Freedom House emergency shelter. Each large pumpkin represents one of the 66 adults and each small pumpkin the 49 children.

"The awareness is extra important this year with COVID. It has put people in situations where they normally could have gone to a job or gone to school and maybe gotten away from that violence that's in their home. So we have seen a huge increase in numbers." said Trisha Schafer of the Freedom House

Freedom House provides free services to residents of Marshall, Stark, Putnam, Bureau, and Henry Counties.

Tanners will continue to sell the pumpkins for $6.99 plus any extra donation would would like to make. All proceeds go to the Freedom House.

Kaitlin Pearson

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