MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A pumpkin harvest in central Minnesota proves that there is a lot of hope for our future. WCCO met a young man named Emmitt in Monticello and discovered that his giant gourds are not up to the size of his heart.
“Here’s a big one,” Emmitt Cox said, pointing to his pumpkins. “He’s the biggest.”
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Like any good country boy, 5-year-old Emmitt is proud of his harvests. It can even tell you how much it costs for one of them to bring it home.
“This one is four years old,” he said, holding up four fingers.
But what started as a bond between father and son last year has grown into something more.
“He and his dad are both farm boys, an excuse to get out on the tractor and into the dirt,” said Emmitt’s mom, Anna Cox.
Their plot last season produced some 200 pumpkins, so many that they didn’t know what to do with them.
“We thought it would be a good opportunity for Emmitt to learn how to make his own money and manage funds. So we said, ‘Emmitt, if you wanna try selling some, we’d be more than happy to help you with that,’ ”said Anna.
An honor system they have set up by the side of the road.
“Every night he was delighted to tick the box and put the money in his jar,” she said.
After earning $ 400 and teaching home how the money can be used to help others, Emmitt made his decision.
“He mentioned his pumpkin money and [we] said: ‘if you want to give some of it, that’s fine’, and he said: ‘no, I’m going to give it all,’ ”said Anna.
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And Emmitt did just that by donating his profits to Toys For Tots.
“He must have done a bit of shopping and filled that basket to the top,” she said.
Ardis Strommen is one of the Cox’s neighbors.
“For a 5-year-old being so anxious to help people is amazing,” Strommen said.
Friends and community members were back this fall to participate, even when the harvest was not as plentiful.
“We haven’t gotten much this year,” Emmitt said. “Some seeds did not grow. Not a lot of rain.
Yet it was a successful harvest where it mattered most.
“I hope this is the lesson people can really learn from it, [if] a 5 year old can put others before him or her, maybe we all can, ”said Anna.
All of Emmitt’s pumpkins are talked about for this year and he plans to donate the $ 100 he raised this season to build a new playground in his church.
His brother, Paul, is just one and will one day be Emmitt’s pumpkin partner.
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When asked how long he plans to sell his pumpkins, Emmitt replied for at least the next 60 years.