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Letter carriers deliver donated goods to area pantries


Volunteers at The Neighbor's Place are staying busy this weekend, organizing hundreds of pounds of donated food.

"We hope to be filling 15 or more gay lords with food that's collected," said The Neighbor's Place Executive Director, Tom Rau.

U.S. Post Office letter carriers helped pick up the non-perishable food items along their delivery routes. They're taking part in the 21st annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

"When the letter carriers do a drive like this, right as we head into summer, it's just incredibly important to the people that we serve here at the Neighbor's Place," said Rau.

"Best part of doing this is being out, you're outside all day," said Letter Carrier, Matt Toldness.

Toldness is one of 52 letter carriers who gathered donations in Wausau.

Organizers said there are dozens more for each office in central Wisconsin.

"You know, it's for a good cause, so it helps people in need, which you know, is never a bad thing," said Toldness.

Toldness said he's happy to help, because donations to food pantries slow down during the summer.

He said every little bit helps.

"I've picked up probably, I think at one time, there were eight tubs of food," said Toldness.

Organizers said last year the event raised 76,000 thousand pounds of food in the Wausau area, a goal they hope to surpass this year.

The donations benefit The Neighbors Place and Salvation Army.

"It's become something that we depend upon every year to kind of set us up for the summer," said Rau.

Letter carriers like Toldness said they'll keep collecting mail and donations for many years to come.

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