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April 30, 2014

KITCHELL: One special delivery should be made on May 10

As couples go, Dave and Julie Morris are not unusual in that they’ve been married for several years.

One of the ironic things about them though is that they’ve both worked for the U.S. Postal Service and they’re both getting ready to retire.

For Dave, there’s a long history of walking postal routes in your stereotypical “rain, snow or dark of night” days in Logansport. But what he and many like him locally will be remembered for as they hang up their blue uniforms for the last time is the commitment they’ve shown to the annual letter carrier food drive.

This is Dave’s last drive, and as if it wasn’t a good cause before when thousands of Logansport residents made it a remarkable day of giving to their fellow man, it’s even moreso this year.

There are always those people out there who are skeptical about where there money goes, who it benefits and how much cost is involved in the overhead of administering it. The beauty of the food drive is that it helps people right here, and no where else. It’s done with people who are already on our payroll. It may mean a little more work for them on a weekend, but it means more food on the table for people who have lost a job, been disabled or simply find they can’t make ends meet with the wages they’re paid.

This is one of those times of the year when local food pantries are traditionally low. Giving tends to reach a high point during the holidays, but by now, the cupboards are ready for spring cleaning. Children who qualify for free and reduced lunch programs will be out of school in a little over a month, and most of them will be eating at home. This is a population that is too young to work and one that benefits from the SNAP benefits Congress is considering cutting in part.

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