Chair City post office reports successful food drive
More than 12,000 pounds of food was collected in Thomasville on Saturday as a part of the National Letter Carrier Association's Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Mail carriers ran their usual routes over the weekend, picking up bags of nonperishable food products left at boxes across the city as part of the nation's largest annual one-day food collection.
"I feel honored to be have been a part of the drive in Thomasville and watching all the support from volunteers," said Thomasville postmaster Fiona Chicosky. "It went very, very well. We had His Laboring Few out here all day long, unloading trucks. It's always a challenge. We would love to see even more participate next year."
The United Way of Davidson County partnered with staff of the U.S. Postal Service to garner the attention of the community for the effort.
In Lexington, about 35,000 pounds were collected, reported Lee Jessup, president of the United Way. Last year, in Thomasville, about 14,000 pounds were collected, up from 2011’s total of 6,500 pounds.
"It's always a fine thing when people reach out to one another nationally, but this event was special because it had local folks collecting food items for their neighbors," Jessup said. "We are thrilled that so much food has been collected here in Thomasville and throughout Davidson County.
"Nearly all of our United Way-funded agencies report that many people are still badly in need of this food and the letter carrier's drive will go a long way toward alleviating some genuine hunger problems right here where we live."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.