“I wanted to leave a ‘thank you’ in every box,” one letter carrier said, referring to mail boxes on her route in which she found non-perishable food, donated for the 25th annual Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive May 13.
Postal customers in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater donated 91,400 rain-proofed pounds of food on Saturday to benefit the Thurston County Food Bank and its satellite distribution locations, and, in Shelton, 6,631 pounds for the Saint’s Pantry, increases over last year of 10,000-plus and 6,600 pounds, respectively.
We owe several hundred other people our gratitude as well, including Governor Inslee, for the PSA aired prior to the drive, as well as our local radio stations; our highly valued volunteers for donating time to help collect food the capacity of our postal vehicles wouldn’t allow us to pick up, along with friends and family members, groups from the faith community, and a large number of high school students and their faculty advisors joining in the great sorting project, all of whom helped us make this a one-day food drive, as wells the most generous restaurateurs who enabled us to feed them.
Lastly, thank you, fellow letter carriers and local USPS management, for joining in the spirit of the drive.
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Thank you, all, for helping us address that fact that some folks don’t always have enough to eat.