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By Laura Slatter
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About

What is the Yellow pumpkin?

My son was four, and dressed like a dragon for Halloween. It was his first Halloween that he choose what he wanted to be and it was very special to us. My son was diagnosed a year earlier with Apraxia of Speech. Apraxia is a neurological disorder that effects a child's ability to communicate verbally, so for us to "hear"him choose his costume and get ready to say a very modified version of "trick or treat" was overwhelmingly exciting! He walked up... and rang his first doorbell, said his "words" and got a piece of candy in his pumpkin. He was happy. I was proud.

Unfortunately we didn't make it through 10 houses before his "words" for trick or treat were not enough to grant him a piece of candy. The lady held the candy out of reach and continued to ask him to say "trick or treat" so she could understand. What she didn't understand is that he was trying, and to me he said it perfectly, he was not able to make those grunts last year. My son walked away without any candy and sat down. He would t go to another house. He knew he was different and my heart broke.

I started thinking, I saw teal pumpkins for food allergy kids, and thought why not a symbol for all kids with any disability or special need to make a holiday a little easier to enjoy.

A yellow pumpkin says that the child holding this pumpkin out for a piece of candy, for a moment of joy, can walkway with that candy and joy. A symbol that can be easily recognized without ruining a costume that they could finally say they wanted. A symbol that others can see there is something special and help make the experience easier and more joyful. A symbol to start a conversation about awareness and acceptance.

The plan....

I will use the money to get a website built, sustained and licensing paid for, here pumpkins and apparel will be sold. 

I will start production on the first edition plastic pumpkin mold and manufacturing. I will still offer die cut bags featuring children's designs.

Mostly I will do marketing and education, so that children who hold the yellow pumpkin can have a better chance that the public knows what the Yellow pumpkin stands for. Every year more and more people will get on board. This project can  it raise enough to cover this but can get started! 

I also plan on giving back, rotating different non profits, helping children with special needs keep life simple and happy.

 

Risks and challenges

Luckily the risk on my project is not very high. In my eyes my biggest risk is not being able to give a yellow trick or treat bag to someone who wanted one because the project doesn't get funded. My hope is to fill the streets with yellow bags, that my goal is surpassed times over because that means more children can raise awareness.. it can be scary to fail and scary to succeed. I have volunteers lined up to fill orders, because I know we are working on a short timeline for this year.

This will take time to build, to raise awareness. This will be my biggest challenge. Most of the money will be spent to advertise and teach the public about the Yellow pumpkin movement. I will start small and build a snowball effect.

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    Getting Started

    Flood the streets with yellow bags by getting your official yellow pumpkin parade bags for trick or treating. Pass out awareness cards to help create the movement!

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    • 2 die cut yellow plastic bag for 2017
    • 20 YPP awareness cards
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    Planning Ahead

    Get this year covered and plan for next! we will be starting this year with plastic bags but will have pumpkins by next year! This puts you on the list to be one of the first to get theirs next year!

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    • First edition Plastic Yellow pumpkin preorder for 2018
    • 2 die cut yellow plastic bag for 2017
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    Two of a Kind

    Double the reward, 2 First edition Plastic Yellow pumpkins preorder for 2018 and all the goodies for 2017 too!

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    Raising Awareness

    Featured personal awareness story on official YPP page.

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    • Featured personal awareness story on official YPP page.
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    Dream big and Design

    Your original design will be featured on a limited edition Die cut bag that will be sold in 2018 on the YPP website.

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    • Your custom design on a die cut bag for 2018
    • Featured personal awareness story on official YPP page.
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