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Nonprofit selling pies to help those with chronic illness

After four years of volunteering her time to Pie in the Sky selling apple, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato creations, Julia Sheehy is almost ready to pass on the reins to the next fund-raising aficionado. But first she wants to reach her goal.

Sheehy, a 17-year-old senior at Sharon High School, sold about 110 pies last year. This year, she hopes to match, if not surpass, that number in what may be her last fund-raising effort for the organization before she heads off to college.

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Community Servings, a nonprofit located in Jamaica Plain that provides food for those living with critical and chronic illnesses, is now in its 24th year of selling pies. At $28 per pie, the money is enough for a week’s worth of food for one of the 1,600 people the organization serves.

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Last year’s pie-selling fund-raiser distributed 20,000 of the desserts and brought in, according to Tim Leahy, the nonprofit’s vice president of development and communications, $750,000. That paid for “many thousands of meals” delivered, he said.

The meals are tailored to the dietary requirements of those living with illnesses, such as diabetes and kidney failure.

Sheehy first heard about the organization through a friend’s sister and wanted to help out. She was looking for a volunteer project at the time, and she sold about 65 of the professionally-made pies in her first year. That number has only gotten bigger since.

While she won’t be involved next year, she wants to leave the charity in good hands, said Chris Sheehy, her father. “One of the messages that we’ve sent” with the pies, he said, “is that she’s looking for someone to inherit the mantle from her.”

The Sharon High teen is just one of the nearly 700volunteers that have offered to sell pies for the group, which can be done by registering on the website, www.pieinthesky.org.

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Orders to purchase pies run through Nov. 21 online and can be collected the day before Thanksgiving.


Ella Torres can be reached at sara.torres@globe.com. Follow her @Ella_RTorres.