Eau Claire (WQOW)- Over the years Dale Weibel has handled hundreds upon hundreds of letters, but this mail carrier has delivered so much more to his community.
Since 1995, Dale's tireless efforts have helped to collect almost 2 million pounds of food for Chippewa Valley food banks. "What's just so special is that the food immediately goes out to (local) families," adds Emily Moore of Feed My People food bank in Eau Claire. "And it's at a time of year when I think donors maybe don't realize that need. Donations aren't typically as large in the summer and yet the need is great."
Dale is the driving force behind the Chippewa Valley's annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive. Dale explains his motivation by saying, "I just don't feel that any child should have to go hungry. (They) should have at least two if not three meals a day. It isn't their fault they're in the situation they're in. It keeps driving me every year."
Those who know Dale say his commitment to community is not best expressed by the mounds of food collected each year; instead it's the twinkle in his eye, his beaming, positive spirit and the smile he gives to each person he touches during the drive.
After placing his duties in capable hands Dale recently decided to retire from the postal service. But not before one final collection.
"It's so telling of Dale's character that at his retirement party he would ask for food donations instead of gifts," laughs Emily. Because of his efforts nearly 1,200 additional pounds of food rolled into Feed My People food bank.
James Peters of the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley has collaborated with Dale to help promote the annual food drive. He perhaps said it best when he added, "Dale may be retiring from the postal service but he's not retiring from the cause."