Carve A Pumpkin, Support A Local Family


MountainStar Family Relief Nursery announces the fifth annual Carving for Kids event, sponsored by Webfoot Painting, will take place Saturday, October 25 from 10am-5pm at Newport Avenue Market in Bend.

The entire community is invited to participate in Carving for Kids. Webfoot Painting will be on-site selling ready-to-carve pumpkins for $20 and at the top of each hour trained volunteers will be on hand to help kids create their own jack-o-lanterns.

Pre-carved pumpkins will also be available for purchase and, for a donation of $125+, businesses can pre-order custom pumpkins with their logo carved in a beautiful relief pattern. All proceeds from the Carving for Kids event benefit MountainStar Family Relief Nursery and Tim Rusk, the organization’s Executive Director, says, “This is such a great family event and we have people returning year after year to join in the fun. I’d like to express my sincere thanks to the entire Webfoot Painting team for making Carving for Kids happen and for the amazing support they provide to our organization and to the community.”

Webfoot Painting staff members volunteer their time harvesting, loading and delivering over 35,000 pounds of pumpkins, then spend two full days carving and preparing the pumpkins for the event. Last year, Carving for Kids raised $8,800 and this year’s goal is $10,000; enough to support two MountainStar families for a full year.

Carving for Kids takes place in the front parking lot of Newport Avenue Market, located at 1121 NW Newport Avenue in Bend. For more Carving for Kids event information, please visit

About MountainStar Family Relief Nursery
Nationally accredited, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery (“MountainStar”) provides crisis intervention and a therapeutic classroom for over 300 children from six weeks to four-years-old, and their families, in Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. These children come from families with multiple risk factors for child abuse and neglect, including low income, homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Children at this critical age represent half of the victims of child abuse and are at a stage in their development when it is essential to have attached and attentive caretakers. Relief Nurseries have documented success in reducing family risk factors for child abuse and neglect, improving family functioning and self-sufficiency and reducing foster care utilization. For more information about MountainStar and its programs, please visit or call (541) 322-6820.


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