Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Doing something about it

According to Ohiowa, NE, Postmaster Peggy Roit, "It only takes a spark to get a fire burning."

She was tired of the "hand-wringing, shaking of heads, and depressing prospects." So she decided to send a piece of First-Class mail every day for two weeks. Roit than encouraged her customers and fellow Postmasters to do the same.

Peggy Roit writes a letter
Scores of individuals have accepted this end of the year challenge. Individuals have responded in many creative ways.

She has seen a blaze of new interest. "I want to take us into the hall of flame," she said.

Share your story of how you are using the mail here.

16 comments:

plumfanatic said...

I contribute by only offering shipping of items I sell on ebay through the USPS. I also mail out at least 100 Christmas cards even if I don't receive as many.

herb1013 said...

I had an idea 3 or 4 months ago. So I put it on paper and sent it to the PMG and the NALC. They thanked me but nothing happened. My idea was to add another 10 cent stamp to every letter a person mailed. It was sort of a voluntary postage increase. I buy a dollars worth of ten sent stamps. Then as I mail them I add a 44 cent stamp and a 10 cent stamp. I had a letter mailed at the local post office it required over $1 in postage. The clerk printed the stamp and I handed the 10 cent stamp to him and explained why. He thought that was a good idea now most of that post office do the same. If a person feels rich they can add a 15,20 or even a 25 cent stamp. Just think if a few million people did this how fast the USPS would be in the black again.

Anonymous said...

I pay all my bills with a good old fashioned paper check. And every time I see the "save a stamp; pay online" nonsense I write in red capital letters "SAVE AMERICA - BUY A STAMP"

Anonymous said...

I send cards to my friends and family for b'days, Halloween, Christmas, and I miss you cards--even those that live in the same city. Christmas gifts are magazine subscriptions--a gift that they get every month to enjoy. I also mail my kids in college and fellow soldiers care packages--all sent in priority mail boxes. And, of course, I decide when to pay my bills and not automatically deducted by giving an agency all my bank info--by paying by check and mailing the payment.

Anonymous said...

I have 3 young grandchildren in another state. Several times a month I mail individual cards or letters to each of them (even the baby). They are learning the joy of getting something just for them in the mail, collecting mementos of their childhood, and staying connected to a long-distance Grandma. Skype is nice, cards, letters and photos are hands on.

Grannybunny said...

I think this is a great initiative; every movement in history started with a single individual. People are still infatuated with electronic communications, but also starting to miss physical mail and realize that it is superior for many purposes.

Anonymous said...

When you need to send a sympathy card, send a real one by mail. And while you're at it, enclose a book or two of stamps. They are needed and greatly appreciated by the families, for sending thank you notes.

Anonymous said...

Lots of good ideas here. I also pay all my bills by mail and, after reading these comments I am going to start (today) sending cards to friends and family "just because". I've been reading comments in newspapers all over the country and so many folks they don't need the Postal Service anymore so shut it down. I truly believe people would rather get a physical card or letter in the mail than an e-mail and would miss the mail if it were gone.

Ambrosia Jefferson said...

I send lots of mail every month I dont break it down into a daily thing because somedays I dont get any letters done and somedays I get 8 or more done just depends on the day :) But i really do like the idea I also like the 10 cent stamp idea as well. I can't afford 10cents for every letter i send (i send so many over 100 last month and month before..ect) but I can do 5 cents per letter so I am going to :)

I also send international mail and packages USPS :D

Anonymous said...

I know you!!!

Tony

Anonymous said...

What a GREAT idea! Your friends and family (especially your children) are lucky to have you. What a kind thoughtful heart you must have! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Peggy Roit sure has a positive attitude even with all of the worries of the Postal Service. The Post Office is lucky to have such an optimistic individual working for them!

Anonymous said...

I work for three MPOOs & I wrote all of their Postmasters (around 100 each) & suggested that they mail a Bosses Day card to their MPOO for Bosses Day. A little boost & revenue at the same time!

JILL LINDBERG said...

My mother recently passed away. She was 93. Among some of her keepsakes I found love letters from dad (her husband) that mom had saved. She had a blue ribbon around them. They were both 17 at the time. Dad was working on the farm out of town & wrote her about his chores, going into town & also mentioned how much he loved her. Reading these letters touched me so much. I can only imagine how personable & warm that they were for mom when receiving them. She kept them all these years. I now will cherish them as I carry on the keepsake of the words my dad wrote to mom & mailed to her so she could have them forever.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry but i would not send my poom a bosses card even if you paid for it!!!! I understand they are the bad guy becuase they have to be but they do not have to treat us the way they do!!!!

Anonymous said...

Peggy:
I still think you are doing a GREAT job! Keep up the good work! I appreciate all that you do!!!