Pay It Forward – Lucien’s Story

We know that Chase’s story has affected many different people from across the province and country and every single story touches our hearts.  This one comes to us from close to home with a similar theme that we absolutely love.  Lucien attended daycare with both Chase and Cooper, so to us the power of kindness amongst the  children in the world is truly evident!  Thanks to Lucien’s mom, Elly Luijke-Carlson for sharing this story with us today.

Hi,

For the last couple of years my husband Mark has been planting pumpkins for Lucien in our garden.  And every year, we give most of them away to family, friends, daycare and whoever would like one.  This year, we even planted a couple of variaties; Giant, Jack-o-lantern and regular ones.

After hearing about the Chase Kraynick Splash Park and the “Pumpkins for the Park” event on Sept 29, we still decided to give our pumpkins to whoever wanted one. . . . but this time we would take a donation if people were willing to pay for them.

We collected $160 for the Chase Kraynick Splash Park.

Have an absolutely fabulous day!

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?

Creative Carvings – A “Pumpkins From The Park” Reunion

BOO!  Happy Hallowe’en everyone!

All children love this time of year and Chase was no different.  He loved decorating for Hallowe’en, carving pumpkins and, of course, getting all dressed up for Trick-or-Treating.  Dressing up like a Crayon, a bumble bee, a lion, a caterpiller or a skunk he loved them all and looked forward having fun with his brother Cooper, cousin Everett or friends from school.

And, as you all know the tradition of growing pumpkins and enjoying the harvest season has been one that Rachel, Clinton, Chase and Cooper had been doing for the last few years.  In fact, the pumpkin carving tradition was a big, huge, gigantic event in the Kraynick household as Chase and Cooper would have the pick of the crop to carve.

Today’s blog post takes a look at all of the creative pumpkin carving juices that are flowing around the countryside.  WOW!  There are some talented people out there.  The things you can do with carving tools and a little imagination are amazing!!  Thanks to all for sending in photos of your creative carvings.  Take a look at all the wonderful creations and enjoy all the great photos.

Happy Hallowe’en!

In Search of The Great Pumpkin Carvings

This time of year brings with it fond memories of home made Hallowe’en costumes, costume parades, and school classroom parties that had an abundance of egg salad sandwiches and popcorn balls.  Trick or treating was especially exciting when you found a dime or two at the bottom of your pillow case and the wagon wheels did not get crushed by the weight of apples and oranges that were dropped into the bag.  Mini-chocolate bars were about 4 times bigger than they are now and bobbing for apples was a fun party activity.  Another fond memory is of course watching the yearly Charlie Brown TV special and carving pumpkins together with your family.

We know that many families have pumpkin carving traditions that involve everything from face drawing contests, family voting for the best face to carve, seed roasting, carving multiple pumpkins, and of course pie making.  We would like to think that the newest tradition many of you are now a part of, is carving a pumpkin from Chase and Cooper’s Pumpkin patch.  After we received this photo from Marsha Barteski-Hoberg, showing how her family chose to remember Chase by carving a “CK” into their family pumpkin last year, we thought it might be an interesting challenge to see what happened to the pumpkins that were so popular at our “Pumpkins For The Park” day in late September.  I guess you could call it a Pumpkins From The Park reunion.  🙂

So . . . we are making an all call to everyone who has a pumpkin just sitting at home ready to carve.  We are asking you to send us your creative carving photo so that we can post them all in the blog on Hallowe’en Day – October 31st, 2012.  Beginning today, you have one week to sharpen up your carving knives, draw out your templates, and put your creative juices to the test.  Your pumpkin can be scary, funny, traditional, or just about whatever your creative minds can muster.

The deadline for photo submissions will be 8pm on Tuesday October 30, 2012.

You can email your pumpkin carving photos to shawna.stangel@rbe.sk.ca or crkraynick@sasktel.net. Please include your name and where you are from with your photo submission.  We look forward to seeing all of those pumpkins from the park!  Happy carving!!

Chase Made a Difference . . . Will You?

Pay It Forward – Volunteer Spirit is the Heart of a Community

When we first decided to set up “Pumpkins For The Park” a few weeks ago, we did not realize how quickly word would travel around the community and the province.  We could have never predicted the number of people who felt this to be a worthy cause to support.

Initially we thought that we would set up our trailer and sign, and then meet a few interested individuals who were looking for their Hallowe’en pumpkins.  The scene that was waiting for us that sunny fall morning was completely the opposite and instantly brought tears to our eyes as we drove the truck and trailer down Main Street Canora.  There already was a crowd of people waiting for us.  There were families walking down the street hand-in-hand with wagons in tow and children standing with piggy banks in their hands waiting to pick the perfect pumpkin.  Once again WOW! was the only word that came to our minds.

We really did not anticipate the heart-felt response that was waiting for our family that morning and the last thing we had thought about was issuing receipts and documenting the donation amounts.  We simply were not that organized.  However, Patty Kolodziejski and Shiela Dmitruik were.  These two wonderful ladies were very much on the job that morning and well ahead of us.  Unbeknownst to us, they too were waiting with the crowd that morning . . . not in anticipation of receiving a pumpkin but instead ready at a donation table with all the necessary documentation to ensure that proper receipts could be issued for all donations made that morning.  They diligently and graciously accepted all donations on our behalf and gave up their whole Saturday away from their families, in order to do so.

Pumpkins For The Park was a huge success . . . to say the very least.  Every last pumpkin we cared for and grew this season was given away in exchange for a donation toward the Splash Park.  At the end of this busy Saturday the final total collected from Pumpkins in the Park was $15,500 . . . not just for pumpkins but for the future of our community.  A heartfelt thank you to Patty and Shiela for donating your organizational skills and your time . . . and a huge thank you to all for your support!  It is the volunteer spirit of both Patty and Sheila that speaks volumes about many individuals in our Good Spirit community.  They are a shining example of how anyone can use their Pay In Forward card by simply giving a few hours of time for something you really believe in and support.  Thanks so much Patty and Sheila for making a difference!

Reminder – Pumpkins For The Park Sale Today!!

Today, Saturday, September 29, 2012 we will be setting up “Chase and Cooper’s Pumpkin Stand” on Main Street Canora at the King George Park (where the splash park is slated to be built).  All proceeds from the pumpkin sales will be going to the Town of Canora in trust for the Chase Kraynick Memorial Splash Park.

What: Pumpkin Sale

When: TODAY – Saturday, September 29, 2012

Time:  9am-3pm

Who:   You and everyone you know

Where: King George Park, Main Street, Canora

Why: To build the “Chase Kraynick Memorial Splash Park”

Remember you are not just buying a pumpkin, you are supporting your community.

This is a huge undertaking and every cent will bring us that much closer to our goal!  We want to encourage everyone to come out to support the splash park.

We hope to see you there!

Pay It Forward!!

Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Come Get Your Pumpkins!

Well . . . We did it!  All of Chase and Cooper’s pumpkins have been harvested just in time before the frost!  We have a lot of varieties this year including Atlantic Giants, mini-jack-o-laterns, white pumpkins, blue pumpkins, peanut pumpkins and the regular sized ones too.  We want to thank all 17 kids and adults for coming out to help in the harvest.  After 4 hours of picking we had a trailer full of pumpkins and we wrapped up the day with a wiener roast.

Last year we gave away every single pumpkin with a Pay It Forward Card , but this year we are doing something a little bit different.  We are in the midst of planning a “Chase Kraynick Memorial Splash Park” for Canora.  This FANTASTIC splash park will be built on a 3400 square foot pad, featuring 18 splash components including dumping buckets, spray cannons, ground squirters and themed spray features.  All of the themed water components will reflect the things Chase loved the most: sports, farming and the great outdoors.  We should have all the concept plans to share with you in one of the next few blog postings.

On Saturday September 29 we will be setting up our pumpkin stand on Main Street Canora at the King George Park (where the splash park is slated to be built) with all proceeds from the pumpkin sales going to the Town of Canora in trust for the Chase Kraynick Memorial Splash Park.

What: Pumpkin Sale

When: Saturday, September 29, 2012

Time:  9am-3pm

Who:   You and everyone you know

Where: King George Park, Main Street, Canora

Why: To build the “Chase Kraynick Memorial Splash Park”

Remember you are not just buying a pumpkin, you are supporting your community.

This is a huge undertaking and every cent will bring us that much closer to our goal!  We want to encourage everyone to come out to support the splash park.  We hope to see you there!

Pay It Forward!!

Thank-You to CBC Radio

For those of you who regularly tune into AM 540 – CBC Radio Saskatchewan, yesterday afternoon at 5:30 you would have heard a bit more about Chase and what we have been doing with this blog.

The Afternoon Edition, hosted by Craig Lederhouse, featured an interview with Rachel Kraynick, Chase’s mom.

The interview highlighted the joy and life that Chase brought to us all, as well as this blog and the “Pumpkins For The Park” fundraiser.  Rachel did a great job of telling Chase’s story and providing so many insights as to the importance of this project.  It was an emotional time for anyone listening.

The digital copy of the interview can be accessed on the below link to CBC Radio Afternoon Edition.  For those of you who missed it, please take a listen.  Rachel’s strength, determination, and passion is very clearly evident.

CBC radio has graciously linked our blog on to their CBC Radio Afternoon Edition interview archive page as well as their Facebook page.  They have opened the page up for comments.  If you feel the need please send them a comment.  We would love to maybe have some follow up support from them in the future.

Thanks to CBC Radio Saskatchewan and Craig Lederhouse for the support, exposure, and respect that they have shown toward our family and the projects we are working on.

Remember to  Pay It Forward today.  Every day is a good day to do so!