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IN THE MAIL: Thanks for making food drive a success

GRAND FORKS -- The members of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 517 wish to thank the Grand Forks community and the men and women of the Grand Forks Air Force Base for their contributions to this year's National Association of Le...

GRAND FORKS -- The members of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 517 wish to thank the Grand Forks community and the men and women of the Grand Forks Air Force Base for their contributions to this year's National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.

This year, despite our nation's sluggish economy and out-of-sight gas prices, we collected 56,869 pounds of food to donate to our local food cupboards. Nationwide, letter carriers set a new record and collected a total of 73.1 million pounds. The overwhelming success of this year's food drive wouldn't have been possible without residents' generous donations.

Also important to the huge success of our food drive is the contributions of the following individuals and organizations:

First of all, thanks to all the rural carriers who went above and beyond collecting food items on their mail routes.

We would like to thank Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown, the radio and television media and the Herald for their help in promoting this event.

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We also thank all the individuals for their overwhelming support completing the monumental task of sorting all the donations prior to their distribution. These include the Salvation Army, Red River Valley Community Action, St. Vincent DePaul and the men and women assigned to Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Finally, thanks to the members of our Auxiliary 550 and NALC retirees and other volunteers.

Thank you for making a vital difference in our community.

Michael Quinn

Ralph Honda

Bob Demmers

Quinn is secretary of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 517, Honda is the branch's 2008 food drive coordinator and Demmers is the branch's president.

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