Anna Chan is a stay-at-home mom with a 2-year-old daughter. I’ve profiled her before, and so have blogging friends, the Mayor of Claycord and Mister Writer, for her work on behalf of Katie Grace Groebner, the young local girl who suffers from a rare disorder and needs a heart-and-lung transplant.
“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“
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.
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.”
5 thoughts on “Local hero: Clayton woman finds simple but ingenious way to get fresh fruit into the hands of hungry, needy area families.”
Wonderful to read how 1 person can make such a difference. It insires us to think less of ourselves and more of others. Thanks
Thank you for such kind words Soccer Mom. I only hope others find inspiration and follow my lead. Oftentimes, people just don’t know little things they can do.>>Also, it can be difficult to volunteer by appointment. This was something I am able to do at random in between running errands, in between Ava’s naps and meal times. I always have my letters handy in my vehicle.>>I have recently contacted the Girl Scouts by e-mail.>>Radar, Claycord’s wonderful photographer has provided some helpful thoughts to contact the Scout troops in our area. I just cannot believe that I am the only one doing this. There must be others… >>When I hear more, I will definitely let you know!>>Perhaps other news outlets will encourage fruit tree owners to donate to the food banks. I really believe that publicity is lacking in that regard. People are just unaware.
This is a really nice story, about one person who is making a difference. In a way that’s not all the complicated. What a great idea. I think the people most in need are the ones usually denied access to fresh fruit and veggies. Anna is trying to address that. Good for you Anna.
Well done, Anna.
Thanks, Anna, to alerting me to your valuable service to the community. It was an honor to post this.