May 14, was an awesome day! It was the day all the mail carriers collected food from postal customers, who donated bags of non-perishable food and left the bags next to their mailbox for their mail carrier to pick up. This was the 19th year we have participated in this national food drive and every year we scurry around making sure the cards are delivered, that posters are put up for people to see, some carriers wear bright colored T-shirts announcing the food drive, we ask the radio stations to run PSAs and ask the newspapers to print the event.
Then we wait and wait, and pray that people will donate because the Food Bank volunteers (all very dedicated, hardworking individuals) are waiting to fill food boxes for the people that need a little extra help feeding their families.
But that Saturday, all that running around town, answering questions, and explaining what the Stamp Out Hunger program is, paid off. We collected over 26,000 pounds of food. In this economy that was a great success. Thank you! Thank you!
I want to express my gratitude to our volunteers, The Frank Williams family; Jim Carroll from Kingman Windshield and Glass; retired carrier Sergio Fimbres; Pam Bibich, retired constable (who had no idea what she got herself into); Jack Williams; Kathy Hooper from United Way; and the Rod McKeon family. Also, Chambers Realty for the use of their sign that they so graciously allow the citizens of Kingman to announce events, H&H Printing for doing last minute rush print jobs for us, and of course the radio stations and newspapers for reminding people of our annual event.