If Your Kids See A STRANGE Colored Pumpkin, Make Them STOP! Here’s What They NEED To Know 

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Sean Brown AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

When you send your kids out Trick-or-Treating this year, there’s something they’re going to want to know about odd-colored pumpkins that have been popping up in communities across the country.

Fox News reported that families are placing teal pumpkins outside of their homes, and for all of the right reasons. There’s some 5.9 million children in America that suffer from some sort of food allergy, so these pumpkins are to signify a home that’s “safe” for these children to stop at and collect their favorite candy treats.

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The Food Allergy Research & Education organization (FARE) has coordinated with families across the country to place the teal squashes on their front porches to notify children with allergies that they have non-allergenic candy for them to have.

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“It’s clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously. The Teal Pumpkin Project provides an opportunity for all of us to show empathy for kids who often feel excluded,” FARE’s chief advancement officer Lois Witkop said in a statement.

“It’s a terrific way for communities to come together and we would love to see at least one teal pumpkin on every block,” she added.

The program was started three years ago by FARE, and ever since, it’s been wildly popular as parents have their minds at ease knowing their children can have a regular Halloween experience. An added bonus is that children who have medical conditions limiting their food choices also benefit from the hypoallergenic candy being passed out.

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“One in 13 children in the U.S. has at least one food allergy, and reports show that anaphylactic food reactions have climbed dramatically in recent years,” said Lois A. Witkop, Chief Advancement Officer at FARE. “It’s clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously.

The Teal Pumpkin Project provides an opportunity for all of us to show empathy for kids who often feel excluded. We would love to see at least one teal pumpkin on every block – and it’s a terrific way for communities to come together to celebration inclusion.”

Many parents have experienced the horrors of having a child with a food allergy, such as Tami Marks, whose four-year-old has a deadly peanut allergy. The Arkansas resident told KFSM 5 News of Fayetville that Trick-or-Treating can be “intimidating” with her young son, but seeing the teal pumpkins helps put her mind at ease.

“Our son’s not old enough to say, ‘Hey I have a peanut allergy can I have something else?’ So we have to be right there beside him,” Marks said, before expressing hope that more people join the teal pumpkin program.

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“This is a chance for your child to be completely included on Halloween,” she said.

Being part of the Teal Pumpkin Project is simple. Supporters can:

  • Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  • Paint a pumpkin teal or buy a teal pumpkin at your local craft store or pharmacy, or print a free sign from FARE’s website.
  • Place your teal pumpkin or sign in front of your home to indicate non-food treats are available.

Those who would like to join FARE in participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project can do so by following this link.

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