Letter carriers send letter of thanks to customers for help with 14th annual food drive

Wednesday - June 14, 2006
By Kenneth Y. Kitagawa
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We would like to formally thank all of the people and families that wholeheartedly participated in the 14th Annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive which was held nationwide May 13.

The successful completion of this one-day event could not have been possible without the wonderful support and generosity displayed by the people and families we (Mililani and Wahiawa post offices) service in the Mililani and Wahiawa area.

The quality and quantity of non-perishable food items donated by our postal customers clearly reflected the warm, giving spirit of aloha as bags and bags of donated items appeared to have been recently purchased just for the event. The total amount of each item donated far exceeded normal home-use.

We would also like to thank Food Drive chairperson, Letter Carrier Barbara Bonura, and the hard-working volunteers who contributed many hours sorting and pre-packing the boxes of food for final distribution by the Hawaii Foodbank. Volunteers included current and retired teachers, students and families from Waialua Elementary School and the Department of Education state offices, members of Mililani Girl Scout Troop #549, Mililani Middle School students, active and retired letter carriers from NALC BR 4837 Mililani/Wahiawa and the Postmaster and supervisors from the Mililani/Wahiawa post offices.

Collectively your generous food donations - and our small part in picking up, sorting and pre-packing them - exceeded the space limitation of a 45-foot container. This year was the first time we filled up such a container; we also collected a record total of 35,040 pounds of nonperishable food.

This humanitarian effort by you and your ohana, coupled with the letter carriers commitment to help feed Hawaii’s families, has all come together in successfully continuing the fight to “Stamp Out Hunger.”

Aloha and Mahalo Nui Loa,

Kenneth Y. Kitagawa

Retired Member NALC BR 4837 Wahiawa HI

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