Contribute to MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story for Young Writers and Help Forgotten Harvest During the COVID-19 Economic Crisis


Are you a parent looking for a creative outlet for your child? Do you have a child under 13 years old who enjoys writing? If so, (MANA) is providing an opportunity for your child to help others in need.

The impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has jeopardized the health, safety, and employment of many people who now find themselves in need of food. 

Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit food rescue organization, has been working with government, nonprofit, and community organizations to deliver food to people in need. Forgotten Harvest delivers 138,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities six days a week.

MANA and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, have supported charitable projects over the years through posts on "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story." Through the latest short story project, MANA plans to donate to Forgotten Harvest, BUT AT NO COST to those who contribute to the short story. 


This is how "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story" works: 

1. The photo at the top of this blog post serves as a writing prompt. The first person to post can write five sentences or more based on the prompt. 

2. The next writer adds to the story of the first post. After that, every writer adds to the story of the previous writer.

3. For every 10 posts of five sentences or more, MANA will donate $10 to Forgotten Harvest (up to $500).

This activity is twofold:

• It provides money for Forgotten Harvest to provide food for people in need. 

• It provides an opportunity for your child (and you, too!) to be part of a creative experience. 

Have your child post his or her contributions in the comment box below. Writers will be able to contribute as many times as they would like. 

Tell other parents about MANA's project or have your child tell his or her friends so everyone can help families get through these uncertain times. 

To double the fun—and the donations—MANA also has a continuous short story for teen writers (13 years old and older) and adults.  

So, if you have older children or if you enjoy writing, then check out the blog post: "Contribute to MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story and Help Forgotten Harvest During the COVID-19 Economic Crisis."

MANA is giving people of all ages another way to be a positive part of the challenge of COVID-19!

Questions? Contact MANA at 734-975-0028 or email:


  1. Wow! I see people holding the US flag. There are children like me. This is really something to see. As I stand above with my parents, I feel proud. I am proud to be an American. Oh, I see my Mom and Dad want to go. I wonder where we go next?

  2. I stand there for a bit longer staring at the flag, remembering my Babcia story of her and her parents coming to America; when she was just two years old. My eyes start to fill with tears when I think about how proud my Babcia is to be an American. I look down at the ground in embarrassment. My friends and I take it for granted. I hear grown-ups complain all the time about America. When did people stop being so proud to be from America? My Babcia loves this country. She says it is the greatest there is. It confuses me when adults complain about it.

  3. I take one last look at the flag, running to catch up with my parents. I finally catch up to them,breathless from running. I pull on my dad's sleeve. "Dad?" I ask "Do you remember Babcias story about coming to America?" My dad replied " Of course I do. She loves this country. She doesn't let anyone bad mouth it in front of her." I hesitated before I ask the next question. "Dad, how come people complain about America so much then?"

  4. Instantly I am taken back. Taken back to the past where I remember wearing my army uniform with confidence and pride, knowing what it stood for. “Dad” … “Are you okay?” I ask as I cannot help but still admire the beautiful flag setting just before my eyes. “Yes” “I am fine” he said. “Your question had just reminded me of a long time ago." A time where there was unity and happiness together as a nation.

  5. Dad smiles a slight grin and then proceeds to tell me to always show kindness to everyone I meet. “Let me tell you a story child, of when I was in the service 45 years ago.” There was this man named Tommy and he was the most lovable guy you would ever meet. Tommy was not always the smartest or the strongest member of the squad. One day some other team members noticed Tommy getting picked on and went straight to his aid.

  6. I never forgot that moment and how united I felt our team was by looking out for each other. That is why the flag is so important, because it is a physical representation of the kind of unity we should show each other every day. Melanie takes a moment to reflect on the memory her dad has just shared with her. "I get it now Dad, I finally understand what unity and freedom really mean!" Dad just stares at Melanie for a brief moment waiting for her to voice her response, when she says...