MASSENA - Ever since he was 9 years old Marc A. Tessier has been giving his time to the Massena Neighborhood Center where he volunteers with his parents.
But his latest gift to the center was something much more than time and one that will keep on giving for many decades to come.
In conjunction with the Community Action Angels, Marc planted 10 fruit trees, five apple trees and five pear trees at the center.
Director Elaine Eggleston said planting trees was something the center has talked about doing for a long time.
We had been talking for several years about planting fruit trees, she said, They (Marc and his family) looked into it and because of Marc, his dad, his mom, Community Action Angels and the other volunteers, its coming to fruition.
Marc said he first heard about the Community Action Angels while attending the Community Development Programs annual dinner with his parents last year.
To help support the project, which was part of the Community Action Angels Kids Are Key initiative, each child was provided $100 as seed money to help get their projects started. But from the very beginning Marc said it was his goal to complete his project without cashing the check he was provided, something he was able to accomplish.
CDP Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Murphy said that money will also be donated to the Neighborhood Center.
We are very, very excited about this project, Ms. Eggleston said. Its going to be a wonderful boost to our food pantry to be able to offer fresh fruit to the families who come in.
The best part of the project and the main reason Marc says he chose to plant trees instead of something else was the longevity of the gift.
Thats actually why I wanted to do a prolonged project like this, he said. It will last for a long period of time.
Ms. Eggleston agreed. These trees will be here long after Im retired, she said.