Scouts helping to Stamp Out Hunger

On Saturday, Ottumwa postal workers will join their comrades across the nation to help fight hunger.

In the City of Bridges, postal workers will have some extra help for the annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign.

One local Boy Scout troop will join the fight.

The Stamp Out Hunger campaign asks that all postal customers leave a few cans of food by their mailbox.

The scouts will help collect and sort the food.

Scout spokesman Nathanael Shoemaker hopes the entire city will participate.

"If everybody in Ottumwa gives one can, we'll triple our donation. So it just adds up," Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker give credit to his Scoutmaster Randy Lien who was the inspiration for the effort.

When Lien came to Ottumwa to work as a letter carrier several years ago, there was no local Stamp Out Hunger effort.

So he took up the cause, and persuaded his scouts to do the same.