On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 8:30 a.m., at the Clearwater, FL, Cleveland Street Post Office, 650 Cleveland Street, Clearwater Florida 33755, Florida National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) President Al Friedman, together with CVS Pharmacy, will make a check presentation for $10,000 to local nonprofit, RCS Pinellas. This generous donation is in memory of deceased Letter Carrier Brian Mueller, who passed away in a motorcycle accident on May 13, 2017, after organizing food collection for the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive – an event RCS Pinellas helped to facilitate. Mueller, a resident of Palm Harbor, worked at the Clearwater, FL, Cleveland Street Post Office and leaves behind a wife and three children, all of whom will be in attendance for the check presentation.
The 25th annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held nationwide on Saturday, May 13, 2017 collected 75 million pounds of food. It is the country’s largest single-day food drive. It is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Customers leave their donation of non-perishable goods in paper bags next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail that day. The nation’s 212,000 letter carriers collect the food donations while delivering mail and distribute them to local food agencies.
Tuesday’s check presentation will take place at 8:30 a.m. on the steps of the Clearwater, FL, Cleveland Street Post Office. Friedman will present the check to Kirk Ray Smith, President & CEO of RCS Pinellas. Smith expressed RCS’s gratitude, saying, “We were saddened by the news of the Mueller family’s incredible loss. It’s easy to tell that Mr. Mueller was a great man with an amazing heart and commitment to those in need. It is a humbling honor and privilege to be chosen to help continue his legacy through this special gift. I would like to send a special thank you to Brian Mueller’s wife and family, the Letter Carrier’s Union and CVS Pharmacy.”
RCS has provided Help & Hope to People in Need for 50 years. RCS’s mission is to feed the hungry, help families facing homelessness return to self-sufficiency, and empower survivors of domestic violence. Individuals and families are served with dignity to accomplish this mission at the RCS Food Bank, the RCS Grace House, The Haven of RCS, and the RCS Thrift Store. The NALC’s site has more information about the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
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