Tree of Remembrance

City Carrier Kenny Ford places a ribbon on the Tree of Remembrance in memory of his mother.

City Carrier Kenny Ford places a ribbon on the Tree of Remembrance in memory of his mother.

During the Ribbon of Hope Campaign to promote Breast Cancer Awareness stamps in Caruthersville, MO, Postmaster Tracy Gathright developed a creative way for customer and employees to show their support. Gathright erected an elegantly simple tree replete with white lights in the lobby of her Post Office, and encouraged those who visited her office to tie a white ribbon onto its branches in memory of a family member that had cancer. For those fighting the battle against cancer or who were survivors of cancer, Gathright encouraged the placement of a pink ribbon on the tree’s branches.

“It gives a lot of significance to the importance of raising funds for a cure,” said Gathright.

Young Letter Writers Eager to Share Thoughts

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To support Special Olympics USA athletes in the upcoming Summer Games, the Postal Service created a special letter writing campaign designed to encourage the public to send words of inspiration to the talented athletes

Wesley, IA, Postal Support Employee and schoolteacher Amanda Studer eagerly adopted the campaign. She taught her 4H Afterschool Program students about folded, stamped and letter mail, and encouraged them to write their words of support to the Special Olympic athletes.

The class not only enjoyed the activity, they were also excited to have the chance to communicate with Olympians.

If you would like to send a letter of encouragement to Special Olympics USA athletes, direct your letters to:

Special Olympics USA
c/o National Events
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, RM 10545
Washington, D.C. 20260

For more information on the letter writing campaign, go to the June 2 edition of yourpostalblog.com by click here: http://wp.me/p2mnjB-1Lz

Employees Appreciate Author’s High Praise

Retail Associate Connie Evans, Rural Carrier Paige Roath, Postmaster Darlene Winterer, Retail Associate Lori Rees, Rural Carrier Blaine Fackrell.

Retail Associate Connie Evans, Rural Carrier Paige Roath, Postmaster Darlene Winterer, Retail Associate Lori Rees, and Rural Carrier Blaine Fackrell.

Web-based entrepreneurs often encounter many challenges when forming and growing a business. For one author in Coalville, UT, shipping products to customers has not been one of those challenges.

Author MJ Pangman recently sent a letter to Salt Lake City District Manager Jimmy Wolf expressing her heartfelt appreciation for the dedicated support received by the Coalville team.

“I am so grateful for the staff in Coalville – all of them!” said Pangman in her letter. “Everyone from my carrier to the ladies in the office are incredible!

“As an author, I started a little online business to support my book a couple of years ago. Darlene, in particular, has been so good to help me resolve those little shipping problems that inevitably come up and to answer my questions. My carrier has been equally good as I progressed from a pick-up once or twice a week to an every day pick up. They are all so good (friendly, professional, knowledgeable). (You) couldn’t have a better staff!”

“I’m confident the great employees in Coalville will continue to provide outstanding service to you and all their customers,” said Wolf. “Service is our ‘last name,’ but it really is our top priority at the United States Postal Service. Providing great service is so much easier with employees like those who serve you in Coalville, and made totally enjoyable and rewarding for all of us by customers like you!”

Ailing Boy’s Love of Mail Swamps Post Office

Bubby Everson and his mother look over the mail for Bubby at the Graham, WA, Post Office.

Bubby Everson and his mother look over the mail for Bubby at the Graham, WA, Post Office.

It’s never easy to accept the diagnosis of a terminal illness of a loved one, particularly when a child is involved. For one young boy in Graham, WA, the severe effects of his illness are partially mitigated by the outpouring of love and support from strangers across the world through a familiar medium.

Bubby Everson contracted the Cytomegalovirus at birth. The virus has caused many severe forms of illness for Bubby, and his doctors have said it’s only a matter of time before the virus takes its deadly toll. While Bubby struggles with the effects of his illness on a daily basis, he continues to receive a daily source of joy from the mail. When his parents turned to social media to ask people to send mail to Bubby for his ninth birthday (Feb. 11), the response was overwhelming

The family rented a Post Office Box at their hometown Post Office in Graham, WA, about 40 miles southeast of Seattle to handle the increased volume. Cards, letters and packages have poured in from across the United States and around the world, accounting for as much as 70 percent of the office’s total daily mail volume.

Bubby has been delighted with the outpouring of support and will enjoy opening his special birthday messages for some time to come.

The back of the family vehicle full of mail for Bubby Everson.

The back of the family vehicle full of mail for Bubby Everson.

Presents for the Troops

Laughlin, NV, Retail Associate Al Sarabia helps  a member of St. John’s Catholic Church load Priority Mail packages onto a GPMC.

Laughlin, NV, Retail Associate Al Sarabia helps a member of St. John’s Catholic Church load Priority Mail packages onto a mail container.

As an Operation Desert Storm veteran, Laughlin, NV, Retail Associate Al Sarabia appreciates the efforts of others in sending care packages to the troops overseas. When volunteers from the St. John’s Catholic Church wanted to send 300 packages to service members on deployment, Sarabia was eager to help.

Sarabia worked with volunteers of the church to offload three loads of Priority Mail from their trailer and load them into GPMCs. Retail Associate Clayton McVicker, along with support from the small business customer hotline, taught the church how to prepare the needed postage online, so their mailings were ready to be scanned and entered into the network after drop off.

You Can Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Wendy Reinholz

Everyone has a chance to make a difference in the lives of others, and it doesn’t require herculean effort to be a positive influence. Molt, MT, Postmaster Wendy Reinholz had the benefit of many helpful individuals willing to help her succeed in her job as a new employee with the Postal Service.

The following is her story.

“I came to my position in a non-traditional way. I was hired in July 2013 as a PSE for the Molt, MT, unit. While I was in my new employee orientation in August the position of Postmaster was posted. I was hired as Postmaster after never having worked a single day, except for the training. I became the Postmaster effective September 26, 2013.

“I am extremely proud to be part of this organization. I work in a Post Office in the middle of miles and miles of wheat fields and cattle. It is a unique situation and not suitable for everyone. I love that i learn something new every day. I know that I can most likely find an answer and usually it’s only a phone call away. Every single person I have asked a question of has been willing to answer my question and pass along their own experiences and knowledge. I have been encouraged to call anytime, have been given guidance and advice and have often been given the tools to help me figure things out on my own. I appreciate the confidence and support I have received from the very first day.

“There are so many parts of this job and I still feel like there are questions I didn’t even know to ask. Each day is a challenge and an opportunity. All new employees need to know that help is just a phone call away. If we don’t have an answer right then, we can find out where to find it; don’t be afraid to ask the question!”

Delivering Messages of Hope to a Grieving Community

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A temporary Post Office Box was established in the community of Newtown, CT, to handle the thousands of cards, letters, fruit baskets, books, teddy bears, and more from around the world.

The January 2013 edition of Your Postal Podcast provides a look behind the scenes at the task of delivering hundreds of thousands of messages of sympathy and encouragement to the residents of Newtown, CT, after last month’s senseless shooting at an elementary school in that community.

You’ll also hear about one class of mail celebrating a significant anniversary this year.

The podcast concludes with a roundup of postal news, plus details on how you can enter to win free collectible stamp items.

Both the audio and transcript versions of this and previous shows are available at YourPostalPodcast.com.

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