The Duncan Banner

May 12, 2013

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Postal carriers Collect food for Christians Concerned

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Mailboxes across Duncan contained more than a few letters and bills on Saturday; instead, they contained canned boxed food items that will help other residents.

The United Postal Service in Duncan participated in the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. Duncan residents put food in or next to their mailboxes to donate to the cause, with all the food going to Christians Concerned.

Matt Milam, postal carrier and coordinator for the local food drive, said it is important to helping Christians Concerned restock its pantry and to help people who can’t afford food to feed their families. Milam said the postal carriers enjoy participating in the food drive each year.

“It gives us such a good feeling,” he said. “That’s part of the reason we do it.”

While some postal carriers running routes on Saturday were collecting food in their postal truck, some off duty postal carriers were driving around in pickup trucks to collect even more food and to lessen the haul of the route carriers.

Andi Davis, postal carrier, donned her food drive shirt and postal carrier cap to make rounds to various routes. When she arrived at Christians Concerned, her large truck was filled with bags and crates of food.

She started early Saturday to get as much food as she could before the carriers made it to the houses. Although she arrived at Christians Concerned around 10:45 a.m., she had already made it through two to three routes.

“I started this morning to help the carriers,” Davis said. “I just started working my way through town.”

In all, there are about 27 routes in Duncan. And many of those routes had strong participation.

Milam said it isn’t one specific group of people who give food every year.

He said it’s all social classes and ages. It’s all groups in Duncan who participate, he said.

“It’s great to see younger people getting involved, along with the older people,” Milam said.