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Post office collects ton of food

The Thomson Post Office collected 2,010 pounds of food during the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Each year, the National Association of Letter Carriers, in connection with the United States Postal Service, picks up non-perishable food items residents leave by their mailboxes. The mail carriers take the food to the post office, where it is delivered to local food banks.

"The carriers really earned their money this Saturday," said Thomson Postmaster Paula Fuller. "They put forth extra effort to load all that food in their trucks for the community."

Ms. Fuller said this year's food drive "went really great" and they collected significantly more food than last year. The food was divided by weight, and 1,005 pounds each were given to local food banks Manna, Inc. and Agape Ministries.

"I think it's wonderful that the postal service does this and that the community participates," said Linda Gheesling, director of Manna, Inc.

Established in 2003, Manna, Inc. is a faith-based organization in which local churches and members of the community pool their resources to help feed the hungry and provide assistance to the needy. For more information on Manna, call 706-592-3138.

Margaret Sharp, the executive director of Agape Ministries, echoed Ms. Gheesling's sentiments and thanked the community and the postal service.

Ms. Sharp said Agape Ministries helps provide food, clothing and furniture to burn-out victims, homeless, transient and elderly people in McDuffie and surrounding counties. For more information on Agape Ministries, call 706-597-8800.

"It really went great and we really appreciate the support that we got from community at this time. There's a lot of families in need and this should be a great provision," Ms. Fuller said. "We're very pleased. ... It's not about us. It's about those in need."

Web posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010

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