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Recently, I brought several packages and many holiday cards to my local post office in Mount Vision.
It was nearly 4:30 and almost closing time. I brought over some Christmas cookies with me, hoping to soothe any annoyance that the postmaster might have toward me for showing up with so much mail so late in the afternoon. The woman behind the postal window was pleasant, helped me get my cards into the mail that evening and assured me that my packages would be sent out the following morning.
After almost 15 minutes of addressing, packaging and stamping, I crossed the street and returned to my home. Ten minutes later, the same postal worker knocked on my door. She had crossed the street and come up to the second floor to ask me if anything I was shipping was perishable. She explained that without asking this question, the package would have been automatically shipped via ground mail instead of air, and could take several days longer to reach its recipient.
I was shocked that she would take the time at the end of her (presumably busy) workday to make sure that my mail was sent in the most efficient way possible. Much has been heard over the past several years about the decline of the American postal service and the nationwide closings of small, rural offices. Besides the loss of convenience for many, small towns will continue to suffer the loss of valuable, caring postal workers like the woman who went out of her way to help my Christmas gifts get where they were headed on time.
This holiday season, support your local post office branch in any way you can – even if it’s just bringing cookies. They deserve it!