With a goal of $5,000 for this year’s event, Payton and Dakota ramped up everything that made their first event successful. The event was held at Reuther Ford, and they used their own event social media pages to promote the day. They even had promotion from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and a radio spot on KTJJ “The Boot”. The community came in droves to get their pumpkins and support Payton’s and Dakota’s efforts. After generous donations and a matching donation from the Festus Crystal City Elks Club 1721, the final total came out to over $6,360.
It is always moving to see young people such as Payton and Dakota take it upon themselves to make a difference. We are grateful for them and the entire Noce family for their hearts and dedication to our mission.
You can check out Payton and Dakota’s Facebook page for all the coverage of 2021 event here.
“Our family can’t thank BackStoppers enough for what they have provided to not only our family, but the families of all fallen first responders. The BackStoppers has been by our side since the day Jonathan died. They have been our guardian angel.” – Caleb Noce
“Hey, this is Payton Noce and I just wanted to say how grateful I am for BackStoppers. Since the day my dad died, they have stepped in physically and emotionally. They have helped keep my family upright. With BackStoppers’ help I hope to continue my education and become involved in a career that would help give back to the community the way BackStoppers has helped me and my family.” – Payton Noce
“Having the pumpkin patch is fun and giving back to BackStoppers makes me feel good. I’m happy Uncle Caleb started the pumpkin patch.” – Dakota Noce