To the editor:
Although the final results won't be known for several days, preliminary reports indicate that the 21st annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive was a resounding success, having collected more than a third of a million pounds of food in Lee County, Bonita Springs and Immokalee.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank will distribute food collected at no cost to their agencies; the remainder will be handled by several charities, including Lehigh Community Services, Interfaith Caregivers, Wake Up America, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, the Pine Island Food Pantry, and the Cafe of Life.
We extend our thanks to all of our letter carriers and community volunteers - those who assisted mail carriers with picking up food and to those who participated in preliminary food sorting. It's a lot of work but the annual event is well worth the effort.
Most of all, we want to thank our local residents whose generosity and caring make this such a success by donating nonperishable food. Our food banks depend upon us every year to fill their shelves and it couldn't happen without you.
Congratulations and thanks to all.
Lee County Coordinator
National Association of Letter Carriers
Fort Myers/Cape Coral