2018 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive motivational video

2018 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive motivational video


– [Narrator] In 2017, the
United States was pummeled with natural disasters,
from devastating wildfires in California to
hurricanes and flooding in the Caribbean and
the southern states. Millions of postal
customers were affected including thousands
of NALC members. (somber music) As a result, the need for
food assistance this year is even greater than ever. (gentle piano music) – I don’t think I’ve
ever met anybody who expected to
be in a food line, that expected to ask for help. – Just within a matter of hours, thousands of structures burned, thousands of people
evacuated, lives lost, over 40 lives lost. – The need in the
community is much bigger and it’s much different. – After the hurricane
we’re down on our luck and we need it more than ever. – A lot more people
are coming in. We used to have like a
hundred families a day. Now it’s probably doubled that. – People that had never
had to come for help before have lost everything
and they had no choice. (speaking in a foreign language) – [Interpreter] After
hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico in September, the people here found themselves needing water, food,
and electricity. Several months after
the hurricanes passed, we still see that necessity. – It was an incredible
disaster and tragedy. (somber music) – We had this Sonoma Complex
fire tear through our community and, in fact, we lost
over 5,000 homes. As a result of that, we
had a tremendous outpouring of people seeking
food assistance for
the very first time in their lives. – In the first couple
of days after the fires, it was really emotional. You would see cars
drive up and their car would already be packed
with all of their belongings because that’s all they had. – Our letter carriers had
to go to the food bank to get food that they had,
you know, possibly picked up. The need is just so real now
and it’s gonna be magnified The need is just so real now
and it’s gonna be magnified
certainly for some time to come. certainly for some time to come. I really hope that the
carriers in our branch are going to step up
like they do every year, but even more this year. – The job that they have
to do day in and day out is extremely difficult and
the fact that they’re willing voluntarily to go above and
beyond what they have to do and collect food door-to-door
is greatly appreciated. I think the word that
comes to mind is gratitude. – Because, of course, the need is gonna be greater than ever. And I think just
talking to the carriers about what they’ve seen
during this tragedy, during this difficult
time this fall, I hope and I know that it
will motivate the carriers in our branch to do a great
job on food drive day. (gentle music) – Within the four weeks
after the hurricane, we served more new
registrants than we had in the four years
prior to the hurricane. So it just sky-rocketed. – We do 200 people daily. It’s a lot of people. I just ran the
report a few days ago and we did 3,200 people. Yeah, it’s a lot
of people coming ’cause they lost everything. – I’ve already noticed
four or five people here that I didn’t think
would come here. So the need is great. – We’ve been working with
the letter carrier food drive for a long time, maybe
eight or nine years. – [Man] Yeah, at least, yeah. – The people are getting food
together to put in the bag. Their smiling letter carrier
bounds up on the porch and explains to them
the need for this. And it’s something that
we really appreciate and it is very much needed. – It’s a godsend. I mean a lot of
people only have this. I mean they have no ability
to go to Winn-Dixie or Publix. I mean this is
their place to go. So yeah, it’s a godsend
and we’re very thankful for everyone here. – It’s good to see people get
something and they’re happy. So I like it. I like to know that
we’re helping people even if we don’t know ’em. – People thank us
for the ability to be
able to participate, whether they’re receiving food or whether they’re
donating food. So people are grateful,
they really are. – It’s a gift to be
able to help them to do whatever you can. It does, it makes
us feel wonderful. – It’s just a great
feeling knowing that people are benefiting from what
the letter carriers do. (upbeat music) – After Hurricane
Irma and Maria, the devastation in Puerto
Rico was unbelievable. Puerto Rico’s suffering right
now with the basic thing. No electricity, no water. We talk to them. I say, “Why you
expect to get water “and electricity back?” They don’t know. They don’t know. (speaking in a foreign language) – [Interpreter] We
walk those streets, so we’re able to see the hunger. Many of these people
are older people whose children work far away, and they’re not always
there with them. So the ones who sometimes
are there listening to them and helping them, because
they really need it, are us, the letter carriers. – We got about 20 to 25 local
artists that get together. We do a commercial. All the local artists
in Puerto Rico show up, and they say they
why they support this and especially what
the food going. (speaking in a foreign language) – [Interpreter] This year,
we’re going to work harder than ever on our
food drive in May. We want to contribute
to this community because we’re part
of that family. Here, in Puerto Rico,
letter carriers are known for our almost family-like
bond to the customers, because we feel that,
more than customers, they’re our family. And that’s why we,
as letter carriers, took on the responsibility to
help the community recover. – People need that food and
the commitment is everywhere. I see people on the street, ask me and letter carrier, “We gonna have the
food drive again?” Yes, of course,
nothing gonna stop us. Nothing’s gonna
stop us to do so. – Even though it’s a hard
day, it’s a very hard day, and the days leading
up to it are hard with the postcards and the bags. It’s a lot of work,
but it pays off. – You don’t think
that your community is going to be affected
by a natural disaster. You just, it’s not something
that I’ve thought about before although it’ll certainly be
something that I think about now on food drive day. (speaking in a foreign language) – [Interpreter] We have a
moral and social commitment to help this community, which
is our community as well. That’s why we’re committed
to help every day, especially on May 12th
with our food drive, to collect the food
they sorely need. – [John] And if we can make
the difference, why not? We are the best. We are United States Postal
Service letter carriers. – [Narrator] Every can,
every bag, every community, America’s letter
carriers, delivering hope. On Saturday May 12th,
please join your NALC brothers and sisters in the
fight to Stamp Out Hunger.

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