Updated: Friday, September 27 2013, 08:48 PM EDT
Years ago, an apple grower helped an elderly woman who had lost her husband and in return, he was given a gift. Because of that, our Person of the Week has been able to give back to hundreds of families. All he needs is some help to gather the fruits of labor and volunteers have joined him in making a difference.
In a six acre apple orchard in Hendersonville, taking and giving are in season. Volunteers pick apples to help others through MANNA Food Bank. Allen King is the man giving them away. He has for four years now. But it wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been for a chance encounter in 2000.
"There was a big tree that fell over up here. I stopped and with two young men, we cleaned up the tree and the the little lady came out and says how much do I owe you. I said you don't owe me nothing," said King.
Their friendship grew and when the widow passed away, she willed King the property. As long as they grow, the apples in the orchard will go to where there most needed.
"Just thinking of people not having as much nutrition as I have makes me want to keep picking more apples," said King.
The apples from Allen King's orchard go to MANNA's Backpack Program for local school children as well as food pantries in all 16 counties of Western North Carolina.
Volunteers are needed to harvest tomorrow and next weekend. Shifts are available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up now with Volunteer Coordinator, Max Gruber, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828)299-3663 ex. 245.