Monday, October 19, 2015

What the teal pumpkin means to me

I am proud to introduce the very first blog post from my son, “JR" (name changed to protect his identity). JR is a second-grader who deals with many different food and non-food allergies. He wants to tell his school and the whole world about the teal pumpkin project! - Jessica

"JR" decorating his teal pumpkin at the Portland Food Allergy Research & Education Walk.
Some people in the world have allergies. I have allergies also. My Mom and me are talking about allergies at Halloween. We should have teal pumpkins because teal is the color for food allergies. Trick-or-treating scares me a little bit because I might get an allergy. We need to be careful about the food. I still like trick-or-treating because I can trade the food that I’m allergic to. Every Halloween, we put the teal pumpkin up. The teal pumpkin means that our house has treats that are not food. They are little toys for kids who have allergies so they don’t have to trade the food! I feel very happy to have kids not have allergies. So this Halloween will you put up a teal pumpkin?

For more resources and to take the teal pumpkin pledge, please see Food Allergy Research and Education! You can take the "pledge" and also print off teal pumpkin flyers for your door to let trick-or-treaters know you have non-food "treats" available.


The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

7 comments:

  1. Wow! I had not considered the consequences of Halloween candy for kids with allergies, nor I had ever heard about the "teal" pumpkin. What great information! We will definitely be putting a flier on our door this year and be thinking about the kinds of treats we give out. Thank you for sharing this information.

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    1. Thank you so much, Chris! I'm so happy to hear it :)

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  2. So proud of JR and all the children with allergies that are responsible for their own health at such a young age! We plan to paint a teal pumpkin and I already have a stock of non-food treats to pass out; it is encouraging to hear that many kids will look forward to these toys and trinkets the same way others are eager for candy!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm so happy to hear your Halloween plans include a teal pumpkin. It's been so wonderful to see JR's excitement and I know it's infectious for other kiddos, too! Happy Halloween!

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  3. Have a wonderful and safe Halloween, little man. Mom give your little one a hug and kiss from Joseph DeNicola's Mom. My son would have been in 2 grade this year as well.. Looking at your little man and how very very brave he is, always shines to me how very blessed we are. Our children cherish life.. they do not let the moment pass them by caring for others. It is a blessing that I do very much believe God places in the strong world. We might have to live with restrictions, but we as well have been blessed with the gift of cherishing loving a little bit more each moment, and to keeping all safe.

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    1. Juli Anne - thank you! I am honored. You are doing amazing things for the food allergy community, and I will do what I can to keep Joseph's memory alive for all of our kiddos. I know that our sons would have been friends in this shared journey and my heart just breaks.

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  4. Unfortunately today many people have the different allergy and I think that we should know more about it. I've read http://stopallergyguide.com/ and I can say that I've know many useful things for me!

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