Helena David of Burbank has been picking fruit and donating it to the needy for more than a year. This week, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) picked her for a special state recognition.
David was selected as the 43rd Assembly District's “Woman of the Year.” She will be honored with other state recipients at a daylong celebration in Sacramento on Monday.
David started a campaign in January 2011 to pick fruit from private yards with her husband, Scott, and deliver it to local food pantries, schools and homeless shelters. Her goal was to collect 100,000 pieces of fruit by January 2012.
She created the nonprofit organization Those Who Care. Her son, Aaron, designed a website for people to contact her. In January, she surpassed her goal, reaching 106,000 pieces of fruit, and now is starting on her second batch of 100,000.
“What a clever, driven and caring person,” Gatto said. “People don't always take the time to praise someone who does something good. I could not let this year pass without honoring her in some way.”