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10 tractor trailors full of food collected for Sandy victims by USPS
ALBANY -- They deliver in all kinds of weather!
The United States Postal Service wanted to prove this so they organized a food drive for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
The drive was held more than one week ago, and some viewers contacted CBS6 to alert us that food was still sitting at one local Post Office. It turns out that the Post Office was hit by a wave of generosity. The donations continued to pour in, all in the form of non-perishable food items as requested by the USPS.
"It was more of a grassroots effort. A few days before the drive, we were tossing around the idea of trying to get the communities together to show their support," said Eric Tiemann, the marketing manager at the Karner Road Post Office.
Tiemann said the donations kept coming and coming to the point where they couldn't really keep up with it all.
"The outpouring of generosity by all the communities was unbelievable. We expected quite a bit of food, not to the extent we actually received," Tiemann said.
Most of the food finally rolled out on Monday morning. The food banks in the affected areas were themselves victims of the storm, and couldn't handle receiving so much food so fast. In all, postal officials said that they received about 10 tractor trailers full of food.