"Years ago, our deck hand Don Darnell, now retired, learned of the high cost of shipping pumpkins to remote Aleutian villages," said Mark Listberger, Tustumena's chief steward. "He put together a Halloween pumpkin giveaway program through donations from the crew and the Kodiak Safeway store. For six years running, the Tustumena loads up severalpallets of pumpkins in Kodiak, decorates an area of the ship and invites the children to come aboard for some trick or treating and to select pumpkins to take to their classrooms and homes. To the delight of everyone, some of the crew and passengers dress incostumes and rig some 'tricks' and lots of treats," explained Listberger. The yearly event became successful through contributions of the Tustumena's crew and the Kodiak Safeway store.
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