Pumpkin bowling open in Elkhart for a good cause

Elkhart, Ind. A fall time activity has returned to Elkhart and your participation will help local residents with disabilities.

The bowling lanes are open at Linton's Enchanted Gardens. When you step inside a Halloween maze, you will hear spooky sounds and more than a few excited kids. The twists and turns are just some of the fun fall activities on hand.

At Linton's you can also try to knock down bowling pins with pumpkins. James Rea is an expert. He helped me pick out my bowling pumpkin.

“Maybe it is the lucky pumpkin,” says James Rae. “It's a little like Charlie Brown's pumpkin. I go over there, you go over there.”

For $2, you can bowl until the pumpkin bursts, and all the proceeds go to help ADEC, a local organization that helps people living with disabilities.

“I like ADEC,” says James. “It's my favorite job. I go out to eat, out to the movies.”

“He just loves it, says James’ mom Sue Gantt. “It is a very big part of his life.”

Sue Gantt is proud of her son.

“He does not know a stranger,” says Sue “And he will introduce me to anybody. I'm mom.”

She is a mom who wants the world to accept people who are different from themselves.

“My pediatrician at that time said to take him home and treat him as normal as possible,” explains Sue. “And I guess that is what I want everyone else to do too. All these people try to treat them as normal as possible, give them respect, and kindness that they deserve.”

Kindness and respect is shown even when they are winning at pumpkin bowling. The bowling is open through the end of the month.

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