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Editorial: Do good from the comfort of home

Food drives don't get much easier than the one that will take place this weekend in Farmington, Rosemount and cities all across the country. Depending on where your mailbox is, you might not even have to leave your house.

The impact can be significant, though. Each year mail carriers in Farmington and Rosemount collect thousands of pounds of food. All of it goes to food shelves in those cities. Which means it helps local families who are going through a tough time.

The idea behind the postal food drive is brilliant in its simplicity. Mail carriers already go to pretty much every home in the city. They have a wider reach than any other organization. They also have trucks well suited to hauling bags of food.

It all makes so much sense.

The mail carriers enjoy the drive. Shane Hoff, who organizes the drive at the Farmington Post Office, says they like the feeling they are helping the community where they work.

What does all of this mean for you? Very little, really. If you want to help your community all it takes is a couple of minutes to find some non-perishable items you're willing to part with. Find them around the house or, even better, make a quick trip to the store. Then, all you have to do is make sure they're by your mailbox before the mail carrier shows up Saturday. They'll take it from there.

It's that easy, and it does a world of good.