Simply Preserve – Pay it Forward | Mountain America Credit Union

(upbeat guitar music) I think people think it’s old-fashioned. Summer Campbell wants to bring back the art of canning. You know where your food is coming from. And all you need to do is seal the jars. She and Esther Honing created the non-profit, Simply Preserve and started teaching Navajo women to can. There’s not a lot of fresh fruit on the res’ itself, so they have to go to the grocery store. It evolved into a yearly event called Canstock. Our goal is 600 jars in three days. They can peaches and send them to the reservation in Arizona through the Adopt-A-Native-Elder program. For them, it’s a special treat that they actually look forward to all year and ask about it. My experience has been really awesome. Teri “Bear” Jackson lives on the reservation and passes out the peaches. This gives them a taste of it, of what they used to have. She also learned how to can and teaches other women in the community. We’re leaving a trail. It’s pretty awesome how things are going with canning out there. With her new skills, she also makes and sells jam. We want them to be able to feel empowered by what they’re doing. Simply Preserve uses donations to get fruit and supplies in order to help this community that is often overlooked. It’s exciting and it’s rewarding and you know you’re doing something good for someone else. Tony Rasmussen from Mountain America Credit Union is here to help. And we have for you today $500– Oh, my god.
from our Pay It Forward program so that you can continue to preserve love and this wonderful effort that you’re doing.
Thank you. Thank you.
[Other Volunteers] Thank you.

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