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Volunteers from St. Mary's Food Bank pick grapefruit Jan. 9, 2010.

Volunteers from St. Mary's Food Bank pick grapefruit Jan. 9, 2010.

On Saturday mornings, groups of volunteers show up at Valley residences to harvest their excess grapefruits and oranges for St. Mary’s Food Bank

The 2010 Gleaning Program hopes to surpass the 2009 record harvest of 2 million pounds of citrus.  The food bank provides all the necessary equipment to pick and gather the citrus, and the homeowner pays a tax-deductible contribution of $10 per tree to have volunteers glean the fruit. 

Tim Vetscher, ABC15 News multi-media journalist, gathered a band of volunteers through word-of-mouth and Twitter to glean trees starting on Jan. 9.  The first assignment in central Phoenix brought together Vetscher, 11-year-old Austin and five women to harvest four trees.  The homeowners also joined the party as everyone either picked grapefruit from the trees or collected the citrus in plastic milk crates to put in large cardboard containers on palettes. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas came and went and everyone returned to their usual routine.  This year on Christmas day, I spent some time on Twitter between my morning walk and the annual tradition of grabbing the camera and making tracks to the deserted streets of Old Town Scottsdale to enjoy peace and our glorious Arizona weather.

Leading up to Christmas, I noticed that many military and non-military folks posted YouTube’s and thank yous to our troops serving and watching over us here and abroad.  The support from the military family continues as an ongoing event, but after the holidays, we civilians seem to get into our routines and forget the sacrifices our troops and their families make for us all year-round.  Read the rest of this entry »