Warm hugs for generous heart


Great Bend, KS, City Carrier Annette Schloemer was on her route recently when she spotted a young girl struggling to remove a valve stem cap from a flat tire on her old, rusty bicycle. Schloemer asked the girl if she needed assistance, and when the girl said yes, the dedicated carrier went to work.

Though Schloemer managed to remove the cap, the valve stem was damaged and didn’t permit the air pump nozzle to secure tightly against it. Unable to render further aid, Schloemer continued on her route.

During the rest of her shift, Schloemer thought about the girl and the poor condition of her bicycle. Those thoughts continued when she went to the store after the end of her shift and found a way to help.

Schloemer returned to the girl’s home after the shopping trip and presented her with a brand new bicycle. The girl’s face illuminated with joy when she received her gift, and immediately put it to use. Both the girl and her mother thanked Schloemer with bright smiles and grateful hugs.

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  1. grannybunny

     /  March 3, 2017

    What a sweet story; it brought a tear to my eye. And even better is the knowledge that all over America, every day, numerous unsung USPS employees are also giving back to their communities in countless ways. I am proud of our Postal family.

  2. Postal

     /  March 5, 2017

    Wow. That is such a great story. Kudos to you, Annette for opening your heart. I believe that this story (or many different variations of this story) are being played out in many of our towns and communities because there are so very many dedicated postal employees who care about their customers and are eyes and ears in their areas. Thanks for sharing this story. And thanks to all of my fellow postal employees for their dedication! Many times we don’t hear that sentiment enough.

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