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Tue, July 16

Letter of thanks: Connie Stone

Thank You Kingman!

The 21st Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive was a great success. We collected over 28,000 pounds of food for the Kingman Area Food Bank. This community has some of the most generous and supportive people of any city. It makes me proud to be a part of this community. It was hard work, fun and very rewarding. It is fascinating to see how all the wonderful volunteers at the food bank handle such an enormous job one can at a time and the result helps so many.

It takes a village to make this event a great success. The letter carriers and contract carriers work extra hard on that day. The volunteer list is long but I think everyone deserves a big hand. Retiree Sergio Fimbres spent his day cooking for carriers and volunteers. Our Postmaster Theresa Stinson and her husband, Ted, worked the food drive picking up food and helping to cook for the carriers. Carrier Patrick Holden and wife, Tess, picked up food on his weekend off.

Thank you contract carriers Pam, Kathy and Cheryl, who finished their routes early that day and stayed to help other carriers pick up donations. A group from the Mohave County Democrats stayed at the food bank and unloaded trucks all day. They were Danny Baker, Jo Longeria, Bill Lacey, and Jim McCoy and Ed Pyrynski, who are retired letter carriers from the Chicago area.

My close friend Vicki George worked all day helping me to pick up food then helped to clean up at the station after everyone was fed. The Moose Lodge was available as a drop off point for food and helped us advertise the event.

This is the first year since the start of Food Drive that Cecil (he's retired now) was not there. Betty Kahlor, the Executive Director of the food bank, put in many hours on this day. Volunteering along with Betty were: Don, Kim, Fred, Justin, Marcos, Keith, Bill, Dave, Mark, Al, and Robert. It was a warm day but that didn't slow any of these volunteers.

Connie Stone

Kingman Letter Carrier

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