Apple Pies for the Big Apple


For 9 years I lived in a beautiful part of Canada called Prince Edward Island (PEI).  Not many people in Scotland have heard of PEI unless they are a fan of the Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maud Montgomery who was raised on the island and set her magical stories there.

I met a lady called Cheryl who was born and raised in Boston and moved to PEI when she was 13 years old.  We were work colleagues but soon became the best of friends or as Lucy Maud Montgomery would say ‘kindred spirits’.  After I had known her for several years she told me she was watching television when 9/11 happened in New York. She decided that she would make apple pies and send them to New York for the rescue workers.  She assembled a crew of volunteers and with donations from local businesses they sent 231 apple pies to New York.

A few years later I was back at college doing my photography training when we were given a ‘storytelling’ video project.  Immediately I knew that I wanted to record Cheryl’s story so we set up the equipment in my kitchen and began.

Watch the story unfold as Cheryl explains how she went about making this possible and how she dealt with setbacks.

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