Friday, May 08, 2009

Don't forget to leave food out for your letter carrier Saturday

Make sure you leave more than letters for your mailman on Saturday. The National Association of Letter Carriers will have their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. The event encourages people to donate non-perishable food items the the post officers will contribute to local food banks.

Out of the thousands of stories we have come across, we pick out one from our home state. From The Saginaw News, writer Jean Spenner explains the event further.

A U.S Postal Service letter carrier, Patty Sedlock will work twice as hard as normal Saturday, and the thought gives her chills -- in a good way.

As she delivers the mail on her walking route in the Handley Elementary School neighborhood, she will pick up donations for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive effort, the nation's largest single-day drive.

Last year, Sedlock picked up food enough to fill 16 large plastic mail tubs.

"You don't get extra pay and you don't get extra time, so you know you have to work extra hard," said Sedlock, 50, of Saginaw.

"You think that you would dread working on that day, and you do," said the veteran letter carrier, who has participated each of her 10 years on the job. "Then you start thinking about why you're doing it ... and I'm getting goosebumps on my legs right now just talking about it.

"It's so unbelievably rewarding, and people are so generous. It makes it so worth it."
It's so easy for residents to participate, she pointed out.

They need only leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable foods in boxes or cans next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday.

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