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Carrier food drive Saturday

May 8, 2012

Candace Williams, letter carrier and event coordinator, displays the bags which will be delivered to residents Thursday for Saturday’s annual food drive. (HERALD file photo)

Big Spring Post Office is providing an opportunity for residents to help their neighbors via the mail this weekend and it won't even cost postage.

It's the 20th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive and it takes place Saturday during letter carriers' normal delivery runs.

Need a reminder? Well, remember those post cards the NALC used to send out before every food drive? Forget 'em.

“Instead of post cards, the AARP donated brown paper bags which we will place in everybody's mailbox Thursday,” said Candace Williams, letter carrier and food drive coordinator.

Those wanting to donate are asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place them near their mailbox Saturday morning. If you fill your bag and have more food left over, feel free to use any other bag you might have on hand. The more the better. And for goodness sake, don't worry about the mail carriers, Williams said.

“People always say 'I didn't leave anything because I thought it might be too much for the carrier to deal with.' No, that's our job,” said Williams. “Don't hold back. We're happy to do this.”

All of the food donated will go to the local Salvation Army.

“Last year we collected 3,300 pounds of food and this year our goal is to collect 3,700,” said Williams.

Those who'd rather not leave food items by their mailbox but who still want to help can take them to the rear of the post office Saturday. Collection boxes will be set up.

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