To the editor:

There are men and women who are part of our day almost every day, yet they are often taken for granted, going without the thanks or appreciation they deserve. There is little that will keep them from their work and these days, that work includes lugging ordered packages right to your door. They are your local postal carriers!

On May 11, the carriers stepped up once again to participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in many areas around the nation, including Kendallville. Planning began in January when Postmaster Jennifer Hall and Carrier Tom Gatton joined the planning to help connect with the carriers. Common Grace Ministries volunteers and staff provided over 300 hours of service in the months leading up to the day of the drive, on the day of the drive and following to get the food sorted and shelved.

A total of 5,827.66 pounds of food were collected in one day! Our Kendallville neighbors who shop for supplemental food at Friendship Connection received an average of 526 pounds of supplemental food per shopping day collectively in the first quarter of 2019. The food collected through Stamp Out Hunger will help our Noble County neighbors for about 1 1/2 months or 11 shopping days. It may not sound like a lot, but it truly is a big help to us and to those who shop.

Friendship Connection is one ministry of Common Grace Ministries, serving our Noble County neighbors who live in the 46755 zip code, which is the same service area it has served throughout its 32-year history. Common Grace Ministries also includes A Hope Chest furniture ministry and Common Grace financial ministry that both serve Noble County neighbors throughout the entire county. We are proud to be a part of the Noble County community serving for a combined total of 78 years.

We would like to thank our postal carriers for all of their hard work year round, Kroger for donating the bags, KPC Media for publicity, and the many volunteers who helped us make this all possible. We are truly blessed!

In Christ,

The Rev. Angie Kidd, executive director

Common Grace Ministries, Inc.

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