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Letter Carriers Carry More Than Just Mail

Julie Miyatake Julie Miyatake
Adele Yoshikawa Adele Yoshikawa
Pat Alama Pat Alama

By: Roger Mari

PEARL CITY (KHNL) - Letter carriers all over the nation participated in today's 15th Annual Postal Carrier Food Drive.  And by the looks of things, it seems to be pretty successful here in Hawaii.

People of all ages helped out on Saturday, giving what they could to help those less fortunate.  Letter carriers picked up food donations from a Pearl City neighborhood.

Donations were processed at the Pearl City Post Office.  Last year, this station collected the most food in the state, totaling more than 38,000 pounds of food. 

"Oh, it's bagfuls, it's sacks of food, which is nice," says Julie Miyatake, postal carrier.

Year after year, the amount of donations increases, and there's a lot of heavy lifting and sorting involved in the process. 

"I remember a few years ago when I was a part-timer, literally the food was up to the top of the truck and that's why we work as a team," says Adele Yoshikawa, postal carrier.

Even those who've retired from postal service remember how much it means to help each other out.

"The Food Bank is a lot of work, though, you know.  I was in the Salt Lake area and we had a lot of pick-ups, quite a bit," says Pat Alama, retired postal worker.

The drive started with just a few cans of food left in mail boxes.  Now box-fulls are being collected. It's a sign the Hawaiian community truly cares about those who are less fortunate.

The National Association of Letter Carriers launched this food drive in 1992.  Since then it has grown into the largest food drive event in the nation.  Here in Hawaii, the goal is to top last years' state total of more than 386,000 pounds of food.

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