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A Manitoba family is showing some Halloween spirit while supporting those in need.
Margaret and Brent Belluk, who operate Maggie’s Pumpkin Patch in Dugald, are parking their yellow school bus at Kildonan Place in the days leading up to Halloween.
Anyone driving past the Transcona-based mall can visit the bus in the parking lot in front of Sears, where they can buy their pumpkins for the upcoming occasion. The bus is parked at the mall during regular mall hours on the weekend, and Oct. 29 to 31.
The couple recently made a sizeable donation to the Winnipeg Harvest food bank.
Margaret Belluk said her husband originally came up with the idea of a bus, and it took off from there.
"I thought it was a crazy idea, he wanted to buy an old bus and I told him he was nuts," said Belluk, adding that this year they grew 50,000 pounds of pumpkins on three acres of land.
"He did it anyways and we painted and got it decaled up. The bus attracted a lot of people."
Belluk said the response from the community has been positive.
"People love it because they can drive right up and just throw (the pumpkins) in their car and away they go," she said.
The couple have also made a habit of donating winter squash and pumpkins to Winnipeg Harvest, including a donation of 10,000 pounds of squash earlier this month.
Greg Unger, a warehouse supervisor with Winnipeg Harvest, said donations such as the one made by the Belluks is vital to its operation.
"Fresh vegetables in particular are really great because it is part of our mandate that we try to promote healthy eating," Unger said.
"When we get large donations of food like this it’s really helpful. Naturally food from the garden always taste better than frozen food."
Belluk, who has been donating to Winnipeg Harvest for three years, said giving back to those less fortunate is the right thing to do.
"It’s just our way of giving back to the community a little bit. At the end when I see there are some pumpkins left I also try to donate some pumpkins as well," she said.
"We have to give back to the community, and that’s what we do."
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