EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) – About 7,500 jack-o-lanterns lit up Kesey Square Saturday night as a way to raise money for ShelterCare.
Dozens of people gathered at Broadway and Willamette Streets in Downtown Eugene over the weekend to see the carved pumpkins designed by local community groups.
ShelterCare helps homeless families and those at risk of becoming homeless. They also provide resources for adults with brain injuries.
Every pumpkin kicked in a $5 dollars donation.
“We'd just like people to realize that often times situations are more complicated then they first appear and to keep an open mind and realize that there is a range of homeless people. Some maybe could do more to help themselves, but many are doing everything the absolutely can and times are tough,” said Brad Bassi, Development Associate at ShelterCare.
The display remains open until 8:30 Saturday night and Sunday. After that, they will be recycled and turned into compost by Lane Forest Products.