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DONATING TO THE FOOD CLOSET – Local people were very generous in Saturday’s National Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Letter carriers inb Valley and Lanett collected lots of nonperishable food items left at mailboxes and brought those donations back to the Valley Post Office. From there, they were loaded onto a trailer and taken to the Interfaith Food Closet. Volunteering in this task were Shawn Holmes (kneeling in front) and standing, l-r, Art, Julie and Bobby Wood, Bill Williams, Misty Moore, Debbie Wood, Jack Wright, Robin Maness, Bo Colley, Paul Crowder, Cary Baldwin, Marty Holland and Jeff Goodwin.

Saturday food drive a big success

VALLEY — Saturday’s National Letter Carriers’ Food Drive was very successful in the local area with a trailer load of food being donated to the Interfaith Food Closet in Valley.

At 4 p.m. EDT, a group of volunteers met with Valley Post Office letter carriers to fill the trailer with donated food items. The short drive was then taken to the Interfaith Food Closet, located on 20th Avenue behind the Langdale Methodist Church.

It took some time to unload everything off the trailer and to stock some shelves inside the Food Closet.

Saturday was the 26th annual observance of National Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. People were asked to leave nonperishable food items by their mail boxes that day. The letter carriers picked it up and took it back to the Post Office, where it was distributed by volunteers to local food closets.

Food Closet volunteer Cindy Ragland was most appreciative of the public’s response and the volunteer efforts to get the food there.

“This is a good ministry, and it’s picking up,” she said of the Interfaith Food Closet. “We see so many people who are down on their luck and need help. We see homeless people, and people who have lost their job. This is something we need to continue to do in the community, and we appreciate everyone’s help.”

Ragland is a member of the Huguley United Methodist Church. She likes to give the devotionals at the church’s first Friday noon hour dinner program.

“There’s a lot of elderly people in the local area who like to come for a good meal, prayer, a devotion and especially for the socializing. We’d like to have more participation so we can continue to do this,” she said.