The following is a letter to the editor.
In normal times, we would be putting signs up around town and delivering cards in the mail announcing the postal food drive that takes place every year in early May. Because this is not a normal year, our food drive has been postponed.
If it happens, it may be later in the year, perhaps the fall. There is also a possibility, that due to COVID-19, we might not have one.
This pandemic has changed the way we do everything. From going to church, to school, to the doctor, the bank and to get groceries, our lives have all been affected. Although we have kept our doors open, anyone who has been to the post office to send a package or to buy stamps knows that it's not just business as usual there. Yet, as long as the mail continues to arrive from the processing centers, we will continue to sort it and bring it to you.
Our customers have made past food drives successful by donating canned and dry goods, and by helping distribute those goods to the local food pantries after they've been collected. For that, we're grateful. Likewise, our customers are helping during this time by offering encouragement and comfort to us along our mail routes. Whether they have greeted us with a "thank you," a thumbs up salute, or little care packages of snacks, water and hand sanitizer, we're grateful for that, too!
All of us who deliver your mail would like to thank each of you for your support and many kind acts.
National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 579