Thursday, June 9, 2005

Postal workers collect food for shelter

Staff Writer

Employees with the Ida B. Wells Post Office in Holly Springs collected a postal bin full of food for the homeless on Saturday, May 14. The food was donated by individuals from around the city of Holly Springs and in Marshall County.

The one-day pickup was publicized by WKRA FM 92.7.

The Ida B. Wells Post Office has a new Postmaster as of Feb. 7, 2005, with the arrival of Wanda LaBarre. She was postmaster in Mason, Tenn., prior to taking this assignment.

LaBarre has served as supervisor of retail for the Memphis area and supervisor of customer service for East Lamar Carrier Annex and for Hollywood Binghampton Station.

She has worked with the postal service for 30 years, beginning as a sorting and processing clerk at the Memphis plant.

“My ultimate goal is to become an executive in the postal service,” LaBarre said.

The U.S. Postal Service offers great benefits, opportunities for advancement, great training, and an opportunity as a postmaster to get involved in the community, LaBarre said.

She represented the postal service in discussions of community concerns at quarterly meetings at the West Tennessee Detention Facility.

LaBarre said she will be involved in community activities in Holly Springs. And she sees a bright future for the city.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve met a lot of members of the community and have enjoyed conversations with them,” LaBarre said. “I see potential in economical growth here.”

LaBarre is working on a bachelor’s through American Intercontinental University.

She attended Northside High School in Memphis, graduating with the class of 1971. She is married to Alfred LaBarre Jr., employed with the U.S. Postal Service as a general expediter of Jet Core Priority Annex in Memphis. They have three children, Towanda Peete/Smith, Alfred III, and Nicholas, and three grandchildren.

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