Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Above and Beyond

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A nun in our area is going "Above and Beyond" at the Hunts Point Market. She's made it her mission to get fresh fruits and vegetables to some people who would otherwise likely go without them. "We are trying to give what we get back, show them God loves them," Sister Elisabeth Anne said. Sister Elisabeth Anne is up before 5 a.m. and on the road once a week to get fresh fruits and vegetables from the Hunts Point Market.

Who loads up her van? A family business called D'Arrigo Brothers Produce. "She just keeps coming and we keep giving, it is a nice relationship," said Michael D'Arrigo, of D'Arrigo Brothers Produce. This is all for free, collected for 85 seniors at the Queen of Peace residence in Middle Village, Queens.

The D'Arrigo Brothers family has been giving her crates of produce for 36 years. "It's hard to come here as a man and there are not that many women here, but she seems to be doing fine. She is all business, gets in here and gets what she needs and we are happy to help her," Michael said. "Always gracious, and we are always happy to help the people she has helped," said Dillon D'Arrigo, of D'Arrigo Brothers Produce. "Anything we can give her, we give her anything she wants," said Gabriela D'Arrigo, of D'Arrigo Brothers Produce.

"We come as beggars and I walked in here all those years ago to this place, did not know anyone, just walking in here and asking strangers for things and I was unorganized, can you imagine how embarrassing that would be?" Sister Elisabeth Anne said. Now she comes with a list.

77-year-old Sister Elisabeth Anne calls herself a beggar. The other nuns say her dedication inspires them all. Sister is at the nursing home day after day, year after year, so what else does she need for the seniors? "That's the main thing the generator, and yes, then there are the lights," Sister Elisabeth Anne said. She would love it if people could give to her $2 million generator fund or help to replace all of the old light bulbs in the senior center.