Letter to the Editor: Postal Service more than just mail

Old Mailboxes in west United StatesSince our country was founded, the U.S. Postal Service has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. Our original mandate called for an institution that would provide universal service to all Americans. That mandate is just as important to this nation today as it was over 240 years ago.

The water mail route around Magnolia Springs, Alabama serves about 180 homes.

Today, the Postal Service delivers messages, gifts, commodities and merchandise to over 150 million addresses. From the northern most top of Alaska to the southern tip of Key West, customers can expect to pay the same rate for letter postage as well as receive the same outstanding service. Yes, we deliver; everywhere, every day.

But I’m not just talking about the delievery service you get for your 49-cent stamp; I’m talking about the many other intangibles we provide to the communities we serve. Employees of the Postal Service are proud to be good corporate citizens and great neighbors.

2015-family-circus-official_food_driveThroughout the year, our employees help find missing children; assist residents in distress; deliver mail and peace of mind following natural disasters; participate in the marrow donor program; collect food for the needy; contribute millions of dollars to charities; and volunteer in community service activities. As an organization, we are working hard to protect the environment while raising funds for important causes like breast cancer research.

breast_cancer_awareness_stampsThe Postal Service is on the forefront of environmental initiatives as we work diligently to reduce our carbon footprint. And thought he sale of semi-postal stamps, we are collecting millions of dollars for important causes, like breast cancer research, with over $80 million accumulated so far.

Door-to-door, town-to-town, coast-to-coast — the U.S. Postal Service is more than just mail. Our employees and our organization make up a difference in the communities we serve, all for the price of a stamp.

Stacie Harl

Niota Post Office

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