Have you ever thought about how unappreciated mail carriers are?
I know many of you may have complaints about the U.S. Postal Service–rates are too high–they’ve lost a package–it takes too long–or whatever the case may be.
I am sharing this because I feel differently. When I started my web site in 2003, I had to look at different shipping options. Hands down, the U.S. Postal Service was the least expensive. I didn’t want to make people spend $6.95 through UPS or Fed-Ex to send a $1.50 token that weighs 1 ounce.
I’ve shipped my products through the USPS since the day I opened my web site in June of 2003. During that time, I’ve sent sent over 20,000 packages and have had less than a dozen that have gotten lost or have not been delivered on time. In my opinion, those are pretty good statistics.
I live in the country on a farm about 60 miles north of Denver, CO. I have the best mail carrier! Her name is Vanessa and she has a smile on her ace regardless of the weather conditions. We’ve had days when there are blizzard conditions outside and she still delivers our mail. I’ve seen her out as late as 7 pm still delivering mail.
Their work load has increased because UPS is dropping off some of their packages and are asking postal service to deliver them. I’ve seen her with her vehicle piled to the ceiling with packages to be delivered.
If they have an overnight package to deliver, they leave their route to that package delivered by the time agreed upon.
She shows up early in the morning to sort the mail. They have to sort all of the regular mail plus all the junk mail. Then she has to load it all into her car. She never stops for lunch or has coffee breaks. It’s usually 10 -11 am when she gets her route started. Many days it’s after 5 pm when she delivers my mail and I know I’m not at the end of her route. Then she has to drive back to the post office ( 20 minute drive) and unload everything she picked up that day. it makes for a very long day.
Then you have the holidays when many people are shopping online which creates even more packages. You also have all of the Christmas cards that people are mailing and that creates even later nights.
I think it’s time to thank our postal workers and cut them some slack. Have you ever done anything nice for your postal carrier or even told them thank you? They deal with long lines, long delivery routes and some very cranky people.
This holiday season do something nice for your mail carrier. Bake them some cookies, give them a gift card or just write them a thank you note. I know it will be greatly appreciated.
I carry a few items that could be given to them as a thank you gift. I created a guardian angel postal worker’s angel pin that they can wear.
I have several guardian angel visor clips that could be given to a mail carrier. Here is an example of just one of them. This one also glows in the dark.
You could also give your mail carrier the Traveler’s Prayer Pocket Token.
Let’s show our postal workers that we appreciate them and the hard work that they do.