Latest News – May 16

Local Postal Workers Help Feed Leadville Hungry

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Leadville postal workers Rick Medina (left) and Amanda McNicholas (right), scooped up the non-perishable food donations residents left at their mailboxes as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive campaign sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Leadville postal workers Rick Medina (left) and Amanda McNicholas (right), scooped up the non-perishable food donations residents left at their mailboxes as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive campaign sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

While this commonly misidentified saying is often believed to be the creed of mail carriers rather than a simple inscription found on the General Post Office in New York City, the phrase’s accolades could certainly apply to Leadville letters carriers this past weekend.

On May 14, “Team 80461” went above and beyond, as they picked up food donations left by Lake County residents next to their mail boxes as part of the annual National Association of Letter Carriers  food drive campaign. The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day, providing letter carriers, other postal employees and thousands of volunteers across the nation the opportunity to meld forces together to conduct the drive in their local communities.

Leadville residents did their part by hanging their food donations on their mailboxes.

Leadville residents did their part by hanging their food donations on their mailboxes.

And in Leadville, that means that food collected locally on Saturday, will stay right here and distributed to  the Leadville/Lake County Senior Center, the First Presbyterian food pantry, and St George’s Episcopal Church food pantry, according to Leadville Postmaster Greg Sandoval.

This year the group’s efforts collected 926 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable items! Well-done!

The drive is held each year on the second Saturday in May, and a relief to local banks who watch as food supplies collected during winter holiday drives dwindle day by day. The drive also comes just before many school systems end their academic years, and that often can mean a suspension in subsidized meals for many students.

So thanks Lake County for helping to restock community food banks, pantries and shelters for needy families throughout the summer.

And of course, a big SWAK to “Team 80461” for leading the charge and doing all the heavy lifting! Thanks to Leadville postal workers/volunteers: Rick Medina, Amanda McNicholas, Luke Roberts, Leaf Trienen Madgi Medina, Rita Colton, Glen Renz, Josh Valverde, Leonard Ortega and Shirley Hoffacker, along with the Leadville Postmaster Greg Sandoval. These are the people in your neighborhood, and they’re awesome!

Three cheers for Leadville Post Office employees who collected food for local food banks on May 15.. Pictured (left to right): Josh Valverde, Rick Medina, Shirley Hoffacker, and Leonard Ortega.

Three cheers for Leadville Post Office employees who collected food for local food banks on May 15. Pictured (left to right): Josh Valverde, Rick Medina, Shirley Hoffacker, and Leonard Ortega, who is retiring at the end of June.

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