Pumpkin Carving Contest Raises Over $3,000 for Fall Projects

When it comes to finding ways to provide niceness for those in need, we’re always looking for new and creative ways. This year, unable to host our annual fundraiser due to COVID, we were looking for a way to raise funds for our core projects and determined to still help those in need however we could.  The idea needed to be something anyone could do, from anywhere, safely – and it had to be fun!  

Introducing our 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!


The Project

This event, led by our newest board member Tanis Liomin, was designed to have fun and help someone – and it did just that. We were not sure what the response would be, but it was awesome! In addition to a number of creative pumpkin entries, with your amazing support, we generated over 25 donations from literally around the world totaling over $3,000 to support all three upcoming projects:

This was a HUGE boost for our team that was frankly unsure how we were going to pull off all of these projects in the face of COVID. Your support has enabled us to allocate enough funds for each of these projects that will help hundreds of people. This year, more than ever, that means so much.

Putting Your Generosity to Work
We’ve already completed the Halloween Helpers project, doubling what we did last year. For our Help the Homeless project we are making adjustments to deliver to local shelters in lieu of a public outreach on Thanksgiving Day to make sure everyone is safe but still supported. And our Toy Drive will be adjusted to ensure we comply with any needs of the hospitals and local shelters.

Special Donors that Stepped Up!
Grateful for all of our supporters that made this happen, but we would like to recognize several special donors that went above and beyond to help us hit our goal:

  • The Trainer Family
  • The Melton Family
  • The Kaiser Family
  • Maria Pietsch
  • Sondra Nunez
  • The Liomin Family
  • And our newest sponsor – Sullivan Auto Group

The Winners
Yeah, we know you want to know who won! In addition to all the kids you helped who were the real winners, here are the pumpkin carving pros that took away the prizes.

🎃 Adults: Brian Liomin – Pumpkin #8
🎃 Kids: Michelle Thorton – Pumpkin #13
🎃Door Price: Tanis Liomin – Pumpkin #6
🎃Fan Favorite: Lisa Airola – Pumpkin #12


Thank You!!!

There are a lot of places that need help this year, and we’re grateful that you have supported us as you always do. Rest assured that EVERY DOLLAR donated is being put to good use, and you can watch our blog and social media pages for regular updates on each of the projects this holiday season. 

You all are amazing. Thank you for your niceness and helping make a real difference this year!

2nd Annual Halloween Helpers – Project Recap

You can imagine how difficult it is to be a child in a homeless shelter, particularly this year. You miss out on a lot of things, even something as simple (and fun) as trick-or-treating on Halloween. But this year, thanks to your amazing support, we were able to make sure some very special kids had some Halloween fun!

Our 2nd Annual Halloween Helpers project was a great success. This project helps provide Halloween costumes for homeless children living in shelters or attending local school programs for homeless families. 

 We are excited to share that this year we were able to over double the number of costumes donated allowing us to serve two different groups at Acres of Hope and Mustard Seeds School.

Over the course of the year we were collecting costumes to deliver and were able to buy more with your generous donations to the project and our Pumpkin Carving Contest. In total, we had over $1,000 in costumes purchased and donated! This enabled us to purchase ahead and deliver all of the costumes with plenty of time to be ready for the fun and spooky night.

“Thank you so much for your donations, without your support we wouldn’t be able to do this,” Project Leader, Melina Sanchez.

The kids were really excited to be able to celebrate and it helped provide a welcome distraction from what’s been a difficult year. 

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped share the project, we very much appreciate you and your donation! As always, 100% of your generous donations were used for this project. 

If you have questions about the project, or want to get involved to help next year, you can contact our project leader Melina Sanchez at melina@towerofniceness.org.

Thank you for your niceness!

The Tower Team