MyFEDBenefits Thanks All USPS Employees On National Postal Worker Day
USPS employees provide vital and affordable services to the American public. From working in postal centers across the country, to hand delivering mail daily and loading and unloading mail trucks, postal employees are the reason our current mail delivery system runs so efficiently.
They trudge through over 4 feet of snow in Michigan and sweat through temperatures topping 120°F in California, while wearing a smile on their face. Postal workers refuse to allow difficult weather prevent them from delivering mail to over 156 million addresses across the US six days a week and from making it to their home office daily.
This is why we celebrate them on National Postal Worker Day, which was established in 1997 by a Seattle-area letter carrier. This day is meant to honor and recognize our postal workers every July 1st.
Postal Service Workers are Part of the Community
From Service Clerks to Mail Sorters to Mail Carriers, more than 600,000 Postal Service workers helped deliver 153.9 billion pieces of mail in 2016.
The USPS was founded on July 26, 1775 in order to transport letters and intelligence “essential to the cause of liberty” during the American Revolution.
Since then the USPS has had many notable employees, including President Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, and Charles Lindbergh. In fact, Benjamin Franklin was America’s first Postmaster General.
Local Postal workers are a part of the community they serve. Walking an average of 4 to 8 miles a day, they are a constant in their neighborhoods, and have even been known to save lives as a result.
“There are stories of rural carriers delivering babies and taking [care of the] sick,” says United States Postal Service historian Jenny Lynch.
“Even now, they’ll save lives because they’re sometimes the only persons that visit a remote household every day.”
In fact, USPS employees became such a trusted part of their community that some parents even went so far as to mail their children. When the Postal Service began delivering packages up to 11 pounds in 1913, Jesse and Mathilda Beagle of Ohio mailed their 8-month-old son James to his grandmother a few miles away, according to Smithsonian.com. The delivery only cost 15 cents, and other parents mimicked the practice until USPS changed its regulations.
Saying Thanks on National Postal Worker Day
Though Postal Service employees no longer deliver babies to their grandmothers, they are still ingrained in communities around the nation.
To join in our thanks, we’ve collected a few notes of gratitude sent in to Neopost USA, a national company offering digital communications, shipping, and mail solutions, for National Postal Worker Day:
“The USPS is so deeply ingrained in America’s history, commerce stream, and quality of life that we can easily take it for granted… But we shouldn’t ever forget the benefits we derive from the nation’s postal workers. National Postal Worker Day gives us the opportunity to honor the people inside the Postal Service who serve us on so many levels.”
“I grew up in a small neighborhood in New York and, each year, my letter carrier would remember my birthday.”
“There is nothing more special in today’s age of digital [communications] than receiving physical mail. Something that someone took time to pick out, purchase and write just for you. Bringing these items rain or shine, sleet or snow, to bring us joy is why postal workers deserve thanks.”
The team at MyFEDBenefits wants to extend our thanks to all USPS employees in the form of a special giveaway.