Thanks: Generous People of Kingman

The volunteers of the Kingman Area Food Bank would like to say thank you to all the wonderful people of Kingman and the surrounding area for the generous donations of food, turkeys, money and blankets this past year.

The support you have given has been overwhelming. Because of your generosity, we were able to feed 7,922 families (19,065 individuals within these families).

We wish we could list each individual and business, but the list is just too long. Kingman Daily Miner Reporter James Chilton has done some very informative articles about our food bank, and Miner Photographer JC Amberlyn has done a wonderful job of doing the pictures. The grocery stores - Bashas', Smith's, both Safeways and Wal-Mart have not only given us huge discounts on the food we have to purchase but also have contributed checks. The stores also allow us to pick up items from the deli, bakery and produce departments, plus broken packages and dented cans. Thank you.

The district schools and the Kingman Academy collected more than 9,700 pounds of food for us during the holiday season. Other businesses having food drives and donating money were the banks; realty offices; title companies; insurance companies; UniSource; United Way; FEMA; Boy and Girl Scouts; city and county offices; the post office collected more than 30,000 pounds of food; tire shops; airport businesses; motorcycle clubs; social organizations; and the many churches throughout the city.

Big Lots, Kmart, NPG Cable, Fiddler, CPAs, Henry Varga, Florence Mencarini Trust, Starbucks, Little Debbie's, Oops Cans, Findlay Motor Company, Harrah's Casino, the doctors, H&H Printers, Chrysler Foundation and Pepsi - thank you for the banners you had made for us and for your donations of Pepsi products.

We are thankful and grateful to everyone for making the food bank your charity this year. Your continued support assures us that we will be able to continue to feed the less fortunate. There is a song by Alabama called "Angels Among Us" that tells the story of people coming together to help those in need, and Kingman truly is a City of Angels.

May all in the Kingman area have a blessed 2009, and our heartfelt thanks goes to each and everyone.

All the volunteers, Operations Manager Cecil Groves and

Executive Director Betty Kahlor of the

Kingman Area Food Bank