Giving Back

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apple_giftWhen I was 22 and just out of college, a friend and I took the trip of a lifetime. I had run a house-painting business in college and saved enough money to buy a one-way, west-to-east ticket around the world. My friend and I saw glaciers in southern Chile, stood on Tierra del Fuego, walked the Acropolis, met the terracotta warriors in China, and hiked terraced hills in Nepal. It was in Nepal that we both became ill. We were in Pokhara, about to start a trek under the view of the Annapurna mountains, when we came down with debilitating sickness. We had rented a small room behind a family’s house. For the next week we were cared for by the woman who lived there and regularly checked on by her kids. There were many instances of compassion from strangers during the adventures we had on that trip. These small acts of kindness, moments of warmth and security offered by people living in poverty or under corruption, remain some of the most valuable lessons I’ve ever learned.

It is with that in mind that I want to thank all of you—our amazing clients—for participating in our Donate-A-Crate program. It has always been important to me to have a business that, at its core, is focused on giving back. The FruitGuys is honored to be in the business of helping people be healthier, but we also feel personally obligated to help those most in need. Each year, we give some 150,000 pounds of produce to organizations that feed the hungry, but we also enlist your contributions during the holidays with Donate-A-Crate. So far this year, FruitGuys’ clients have donated more than 95 crates of fruit, totaling over 3,200 pieces (1,800 pounds) of fresh produce, to Philabundance, Women Against Abuse, City Harvest (Jackie Robinson Senior Center), the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Riley Center, St. Anthony’s Foundation, Project Open Hand, YEAH!, and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

How can you get involved in Donate-A-Crate for the December holiday season? If your office is closed or minimally staffed over the holiday break, instead of putting a hold on your fruit delivery, consider having it sent to a deserving food bank or social program in your region. We’re happy to support the charity of your choice or make the delivery to a charity that we already work with.

For more information, please visit our Donations page.

Enjoy & Be Fruitful!

—Chris Mittelstaedt, chris@fruitguys.com

 

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