Now, Anna has a new one-mom, one-daughter project, and it seeks to benefit the growing number of people in our area who need food assistance in these tough economic times. Here’s how Anna explains it herself in a letter she hands out to neighbors, and which was published on Claycord.com.
Anna sent me an e-mail on Friday, saying she picked fruit at four different houses in the Cape Cod area, on Concord Boulevard, and two houses off of Clayton Road.
"My name is Anna. I am a stay-at-home Mommy to my precious 2-year-old daughter, Ava. Though, I have lived and worked in Concord / Clayton for almost
15 years. Please don't just throw my letter in the garbage!
"I often drive past your house on the way to Grandma's house. I notice you have fruit trees which are filled with a healthy crop. I am wondering if you will be harvesting all the fruit for your own family. Or, would you be so kind to pick a few bags for me to deliver to a local food pantry, shelter, church, or other families in need?
"I enjoy helping others and continue brainstorming for ways I can make a positive difference in my very own neighborhood. This is a non-profit venture, with absolutely no budget. I would also be happy to pick the fruit myself, especially from trees that are low to the ground. Either way is fine, just let me know!
"In between running errands, Ava's naps in the car seat, activities at the library or playground, this seemed like an ideal opportunity to at least knock on your door to inquire. Otherwise, I may never know. In only a few short months you may have a bounty of rotten fruit gone to waste in your front yard.
"I welcome any thoughts or help you will offer in this regard.
"Sincerely, Anna Chan, E-mail: AnnaAndAva@gmail.com"
She says she gathered Meyer lemons, oranges, and pale yellow lemons—"in all about 150 pounds! Including the last two days, I am now at 300 plus pounds towards my goal of a thousand pounds. How exciting! Today was a good day. I received one new e-mail from a person wanting to donate tangerines."
In writing about Anna’s amazing project, I see that the Contra Costa Times today has an article this morning about how Bay Area food banks are busier than ever as the economy tanks. Notably, they are seeing more and more people who never thought they would be in need of this kind of help.
So, with Anna as one shining example, it seems that our suburban communities, even in these tough times, when all of us knows someone who has lost a job or a home, or we ourselves have lost jobs and even homes, are pulling together to help those who are the most in need.