Wednesday, March 18, 2009

KGO Newstalk AM810 Radio, Bret Burkhart - March 18, 2009

Bret Burkhart: You never know when inspiration will strike.

Anna: My baby was kind of fussy, and she had colic. All the things that little babies go through.

Bret Burkhart: Like many new parents, Anna Chan tried an old trick to help calm her daughter Ava.

Anna: So we spent a lot of time in our car, with Ava in the carseat, driving around.

Bret Burkhart: And that's when it hit her, from the branches of trees around the neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.Anna: All the trees and the fruit ripening.

Bret Burkhart: Fruit that wasn't being picked.

Anna: So I typed a flyer. I put my flyer on the door.

Bret Burkhart: And the homeowner later invited her to pick lemons to donate to food banks.

Anna: The first house got me to the second house, got me to the third house. I think I'm fifty houses into it for collection.

Bret Burkhart: Fifty homes on a months time. And she's already donated 2,000 lbs. of fruit that would otherwise be considered a waste. It's earned her the nickname "The Lemon Lady of Claycord", but volunteers at the Salvation Army here in Concord say she's more than that.

Ray Bolin (cannot verify spelling): You're a life saver, you really are.

Bret Burkhart: Ray Bolin tells Anna her impact is immeasurable.

Ray Bolin: You were concerned about whether or not we were going to be able to hand out the product you were bringing. And remember I told you that it would be gone by the next day? It was gone.

Anna: And it was.

Ray Bolin: It was gone.
Ray Bolin: With the way the situation is and a lot of people not having jobs, they're turning more to the charity organizations. But it's people like you that are helping to bring in the donations. We've already met last months goal. Last months goal we did two hundred thirty seven individual families. We're already at two hundred fifty seven families! In two weeks!

Anna: We're only half way into the month!

Ray Bolin: That's correct, and that's why you're a life saver!

Bret Burkhart: But it's her hope that her efforts will inspire others to make a difference.

Anna: Get up and do something!

Ray Bolin: You help somebody and then in turn that person is going to help somebody else.

Anna: Just become inspired! We can be the person that makes the change.

In Concord, Bret Burkhart, KGO radio news.

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