Doan’s $500 donation

UNITING FOR CHRISTMAS: Anthony Doan stands with his daughter Bella Doan who donated $500 worth of food to the Recorder's Christmas drive.
UNITING FOR CHRISTMAS: Anthony Doan stands with his daughter Bella Doan who donated $500 worth of food to the Recorder's Christmas drive.

From one kind gesture to another, a hard-working member of the Port Pirie community has donated $500 worth of food and essential items to the Recorder’s Uniting for Christmas Food Hub Appeal. 

Anthony Doan from Pirie Nails walked into the Recorder office on Tuesday asking for help, little did the staff know that what he needed help with was unpacking the back of his car which was filled with a large shop he had just completed. 

As the crates of food were unpacked, Anthony explained that in recent weeks his father had passed away and some of his money returned to the family had arrived that day. 

Anthony headed to the bank to cash the cheque, he and his partner Jess knew that they would not be keeping it, but they just needed to find the perfect circumstance to use it in. 

“When I went to go and cash the cheque, I hadn’t decided where it was going to go yet but when I was at the bank I saw a guy from Uniting Country SA talking about how hard they were working to get the food ready”, he explained.

“I didn’t think too much off it. Then I went back and saw the Recorder Facebook post, it just popped up in my feed and then I thought about it and remembered that Dad had passed away at the Uniting Centre. So I thought okay, why not.” 

Anthony took the cash and went to the supermarket where he referred to the Food Hub’s wish list and maxed out what he could. 

Anthony and his family are in complete support of the food drive and think it is such an important thing for the Port Pirie community, especially considering what difference it can make. 

“There are a lot of people in need in the community and the good thing about the drive is that it is small things. A couple of dollars from each person makes a huge difference in the end. As you can see it keeps piling up because everyone is just putting that little bit in”, he explained.

A couple of dollars from each person makes a huge difference in the end. As you can see it keeps piling up because everyone is just putting that little bit in.

Anthony Doan

“Personally for me, we have only been in Pirie for just over a year now and everyone has been really welcoming to us. I have found that the people of Pirie are so giving so that gave us the push.”