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Glassblower helps raise awareness about food allergies by crafting glass teal pumpkins

The Teal Pumpkin Project launched as a national campaign in 2014 by the Food Allergy and Research Education organization. According to FARE, about one in 13 children have food allergies.

Halloween is just around the corner and while many homes will be sporting the orange jack o'lanterns, some houses are planning to display a pumpkin of a different color and sometimes even material.

Glassblower Earl Wright isn't afraid of the heat when it comes to his hobby and business The Glass Punty.

“We use molten glass that's well over 2,000 degrees.

But Wright is now using his equipment to help bring more awareness to food allergies.

It all started when Kay Lehmann posted about the Teal Pumpkin Project on Facebook.

The Teal Pumpkin Project launched as a national campaign in 2014 by the Food Allergy and Research Education organization.

According to FARE, about one in 13 children have food allergies.

It's a topic that Lehmann is very familiar with. Her grandson is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, ruling out a lot of sweet treats.

“There are so many things on the line where they process them that foods get contaminated with peanuts and tree nuts all the time and he's actually had reactions to things that didn't list peanuts as an ingredient,” she says.

A teal pumpkin on a porch means the home also provides trick or treaters with non-food items such as glow sticks, toys, stickers and pencils. That’s perfect for kids with food allergies.

Many who participate paint their pumpkins teal or buy an artificial one.

But Wright took it one step further.

According to Lehmann, Wright contacted to tell that he could make her teal pumpkins out of glass.

“He said, ‘I'm making them in purple and orange and black right now, but I can do teal.’”

For Wright, making the glass teal pumpkins gives him the chance to try something new while helping to bring more awareness.

“I'm hoping we'll get a few pumpkins out there this year to start getting the word out. I would dearly love a whole lot more pumpkins in the future so that more and more people can be become aware of food allergies and protect our kids."

Wright says folks can order their own glass teal pumpkin from him, but he says he can also teach them how to make them. To find out more, check out the Glass Punty's Facebook page by clicking here.

For more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project, including where to find participating homes and instructions of how to get involved, click here.

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