People Are Praising Mail Carriers And Buying Stamps To Support The US Postal Service
April 13, 2020
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, the US Postal Service said that it's seen a "devastating" drop in revenue and needs funding to ensure it can keep delivering letters and packages to millions of Americans.
USPS Postmaster CEO Megan J. Brennan said in a statement:
"The men and women of the United States Postal Service provide an essential public service and bind the nation together as a part of the country's critical infrastructure. At least six days per week, and in some instances seven, Postal Service employees accept, process, transport, and deliver vital mail and packages like medicine, products that sustain us, benefits checks, and important information, in every community, to every home and residence, and we will continue to do so. As Americans are urged to stay home, the importance of the mail will only grow as people, including those in rural areas and senior citizens, will need access to vital communications, essential packages and other necessities.
We are at a critical juncture in the life of the Postal Service. At a time when America needs the Postal Service more than ever, the reason we are so needed is having a devastating effect on our business. The Postal Service relies on the sale of postal products and services to fund our operations, and these sales are plummeting as a result of the pandemic. The sudden drop in mail volumes, our most profitable revenue stream, is steep and may never fully recover. We now estimate that the COVID-19 pandemic will increase the Postal Service's net operating loss by more than $22 billion dollars over the next eighteen months, and by over $54 billion dollars over the longer term, threatening our ability to operate."
People all over the country are showing their support by sharing heartwarming tributes to USPS mail carriers.
My mom was a single woman w/3 kids who struggled to make ends meet. For decades she delivered mail for the #USPostalService in the scorching heat, the pouring rain, with a bag way too heavy, she even delivered mail in our neighborhood bec she couldn't afford daycare. #saveusps pic.twitter.com/ju9L4Sbs7J— InMinivanHell (@inminivanhell) April 12, 2020
Others are showing their support by purchasing stamps online -- even if they do not need any at the moment.
I don't need stamps right now but I'm going to risk going out to buy a whole sheet of stamps tomorrow. #SaveUSPS— Robert W (@RobertinNKy) April 12, 2020
If people are planning on buying some USPS stamps, may I recommend these Dragon Forever stamps? The photos don't show it off but they all have SPOT FOIL on em— I have an extra sheet set aside that I plan on framing! #SaveUSPS https://t.co/W3cBsuzNPl pic.twitter.com/7UG7IQDe7L— Yuko (@aidosaur) April 12, 2020
And it's working.
The USPS website currently displays a notice that says that "due to a high volume of orders at this time" users should "allow an additional 2-3 days for the delivery" for their order.
Great news all! After buying my 6 sheets of stamps I got this - which means a bunch of other people are doing the same thing! Keep it up! #buystamps #SaveThePostOffice #USPostalService pic.twitter.com/ZiNVGjXDft— Ibby Grace (@tinygracenotes) April 12, 2020
The USPS posted a tweet to thank the American people for their "overwhelming support" during these difficult times.
Feeling your overwhelming amount of support truly makes us feel proud. Each note and kind word makes a difference. From all of us to all of you, thank you. pic.twitter.com/NOyuZPyVeB— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) April 8, 2020
Purchase stamps online here.
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