Birthday Wish Comes True

Foxboro, MA, plant employees stand behind two containers full of packages and letters for Danny Nickerson.

Foxboro, MA, plant employees stand behind two containers full of packages and letters for Danny Nickerson.

The power of the mail helped fulfill the birthday wish of a Massachusetts boy with an inoperable brain tumor.

It began when Danny Nickerson, 6, requested a box of cards for his birthday July 25. After area newspapers reported the story, it went viral on social media and was soon picked up by other outlets, including “NBC Nightly News.”

The Postal Service estimated that more than 100,000 cards were sent to Nickerson from locations all over the world, including Hong Kong and Canada. This doesn’t include the many parcels, packages and even coconuts that Nickerson also received.

“It’s a very hopeful positive message the world is sending to this birthday boy,” said Foxboro Postmaster Tom Driscoll.

To accommodate all of Nickerson’s mail, Brockton, MA, Plant Manager Christine Young and her staff designed a customized tray label to make processing it easier. A giant birthday note to Nickerson also was signed by plant employees.

Foxboro Retail Associate Victor Burk found satisfaction in having had a hand in making Nickerson’s day special. “It’s the personal touch that matters,” he said.

USPS Financial Highlights

USPS financial results are in for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. Here’s a look at the highlights from the year-to-date (YTD) data compared to the same period last year:

2014 Q2 highlights


To view the 10-Q financial report in its entirety, go to:

a)     Includes interest and investment income.
b)     Includes interest expense.

Amazing Spider-Man

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Want an amazing shipping experience? The Postal Service has teamed up with a famous web-crawler for a truly unique encounter.

Available for a limited time, Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging material is available from the Postal Service featuring the image of the Amazing Spider-Man. The powerful pairing of Spider-Man with Priority Mail makes for unbeatable shipping value and reliability. Click on the links below to order your Priority Mail packaging material today.

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Flat Rate Box Variety Pack

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box – 1

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box – 2

Cartoons and composers

Family Circus cartoonist Jeff Keane (left) displays this year’s poster artwork for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at his California studio.  Right: Steve Byam and Craig Randolph, fellow Medford, OR, letter carriers are making music together in their band, “Post.” Photo by Spencer Keane

Family Circus cartoonist Jeff Keane (left) displays this year’s poster artwork for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at his California studio. Right: Steve Byam and Craig Randolph, fellow Medford, OR, letter carriers are making music together in their band, “Post.” Photo by Spencer Keane.

The story behind the Family Circus cartoons used to publicize each year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive leads off April’s edition of Your Postal Podcast.

Next, you’ll hear how two Oregon letter carriers have formed a band to create music inspired by their work. The podcast concludes with a news roundup and details on how to enter to win an official program from the Austin, TX, First Day of Issue ceremony for the Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp.

Both the audio and transcript versions of this podcast and an archive of previous editions are available at Listen to Your Postal Podcast on your mobile device at

2014 Commemorative Football Matted Art

In honor of the unique matchup between two NFL teams in the Western Area, the Postal Service is offering commemorative items to capture the experience. The matted art below is only $25 include shipping and handling. The envelope is also available separately for $10.


seattle denver matted art

To order one or both of these special collectors items, click on the form below.

seahawks order form

The 2012 Combined Federal Campaign

It’s time for the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season. This is the only opportunity for charitable organizations to solicit federal employees for donations in the workplace.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the CFC program. Since its inception, the campaign has received more than $7 billion in employee donations to thousands of charities across the world.

Last year, federal employees donated $272.7 million to the many charitable programs participating in the campaign. The deadline to submit contribution forms is December 15, 2012.

Do you think the program should be expanded to include participation by other groups such as state and local government employees?

How to Recycle Old Electronics and Possibly Make Money Doing It

Recycling old electronics is nothing new. Many companies have offered recycling services for old cell phones, fax machines, desktop computers and other electronics for many years. What is new is the increase in cash return offered for those electronics – and a strong partnership with the USPS.

The Postal Service has partnered with MaxBack, an electronics recycler, to offer an easy way for customers to recycle their small, used devices. Interested individuals can go to to access the USPS recycle website. Once there, customers can find their way to the MaxBack website, locate a particular item from a list of desirable electronics, and then determine how much the device is worth. While not all electronics are eligible for cash payment, customers can still send in their devices for environmentally friendly recycling. The program offers free Priority Mail shipping to MaxBack for recycled devices.

Prior to sending electronic devices to MaxBack, customers should be aware of the following restrictions and requirements:

– The number of electronics sent to MaxBack are limited to two shipments per calendar month containing no more than five devices per shipment.

– Electronic Service Numbers (ESN), an individual item code attached to each device, must be valid. A device can acquire a bad ESN if it was lost or stolen, or if the account attached to the phone has an unpaid balance. An ESN must be in good standing before a device can be accepted.

– Devices should have any lock codes removed prior to shipment.

Do you think the Postal Service could expand the program to include larger electronic devices in the future?

Put a Spring in Someone’s Step

This spring, Sunrise Greetings is partnering with USPS and American Express for the launch of the Spring Gift Center Display.
The display combines gift cards, greeting cards, and Priority Mail Flat Rate Gift Card Envelopes to create a quick and easy solution for customers looking for a convenient gift package all at a single location. The set goes on display today, April 16, and will be available for a limited time only.
What other gift items or services would you like to see the Postal Service offer? Comment here.

Card Sharp

Here’s a high-flying innovation in direct mail. The plastic cards with snap-out promotional gift cards meld variable data printing personalization, high-resolution graphics, wet-look aesthetics and real-time analytics technology.

Laminated breakout gifts cards are taking the traditional postcard to the next level. Besides razzle-dazzle looks, the core of DynamiCard’s appeal is the card’s bar coded analytics. When the client scans a gift card returned for use they scan them and it gives a demographic of what areas used the promotional cards.

Results have been promising. For instance, the average restaurant client using DynamiCard mailers is seeing a 12 percent response rate. First-Class

DynamiCard founder and CEO Ivan Farber believes the laminated cards have a key advantage over online deal-of-day sites, coupon books and traditional paper postcards because higher-end customers are usually a little self-conscious about using a printed paper coupon.

What do you think? Would you be more likely to use this than a paper coupon? Comment here.

First a Postmaster, later a President

Two Postmasters became US Presidents later in their careers. — Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman.

Truman held the title and signed papers but immediately turned the position and its pay over to an assistant.

Lincoln was appointed his postmaster’s position by President Andrew Jackson, a Democrat, on May 7, 1833. He served as Postmaster of New Salem, IL, until June 14, 1837.

Do you think being a Postmaster is good training for future presidents?

The job didn’t support Lincoln completely or require his full-time attention, so he also performed odd jobs such as rail splitting and began work as a land surveyor.

Lincoln kept his postal receipts in an old blue sock hidden in a wooden chest, according to Harvey Ross, whose father held the contract for the mail route going through New Salem. Lincoln’s salary as postmaster depended on the amount of receipts of his office.

When Lincoln was asked for the remaining funds from his postmaster account, the money was still in the sock.

Do you think the current Postmaster General could become President of the United States someday? Comment here.

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