Time to squeeze in some charity work


James Harrald

The Sun Lakes Citrus Sharers are once again ready to pick the surplus fruit in the Sun Lakes Communities. We will have our annual “Kickoff Koffee” on Saturday, January 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the Navajo Room, located at Sun Lakes Country Club (a/k/a Phase 1).

Now in our 12th year of service, what began as a single car picking a handful of trees has blossomed into eight teams serving well over 500 homes in our community. We can always use a hand, so please come get to know us! All the fruit gleaned is donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank, of which we are a major portion of their annual fruit donations.

This year, we will begin picking on Saturday, January 27, and finish on Monday, February 26. We pick five consecutive Saturdays and Mondays between 8:00 a.m. and noon. Not only do we need help picking the fruit, you can help gather, carry or sort by type and quality. We can always use an extra hand at the “Citrus Central” location – one of our garages within the Sun Lakes area.

Anyone whom we have picked for in the past will automatically be in our database, and you will be getting a call soon. If you would like to join or need to update us with a new phone number or email, please use the numbers below:

To be a PICKER, call Laura at 206-228-5155 (that IS a 206, not 602).

To have your TREES PICKED, call Linda at 480-895-8325.

With an existing database of 540 homes, you can imagine there may be a waiting list to get picked, but be patient. We always do our best to help everyone! If you are unable to attend the Kickoff Koffee but would like to join a team, please join us Saturday, January 27, at 7:45 a.m. at Citrus Central #1, located at 25825 S. 99th Drive, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248, in the Cottonwood development south of the tennis courts. Please be courteous to the neighbors and park by the pool or tennis courts and walk down.