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A look back at the year’s volunteers

Sandy, UT, City Carrier Assistant Ron Lynch and Matthew Flores. Photo: KSL-TV

For many USPS employees, not all public service occurred on the job this year.

Sandy, UT, City Carrier Assistant Ron Lynch tapped the power of social media when he asked Facebook friends to send books to Matthew Flores, a customer’s child who loves to read but had no books of his own.

Matthew received more than 10,000 books after Lynch’s post went viral.

“There are so many positive things out there that people want to be a part of,” Lynch later told “Your Postal Podcast.”

Tucker, GA, Letter Carrier Wendy Newman also showed compassion when she adopted Keira and Kala, a pair of dogs slated to be euthanized.

Elsewhere, Pocatello, ID, Letter Carrier Brett Hochhalter — who owns a contracting business on the side — donated roofs to customers in need, while Kansas City, KS, retiree Doug Lehman honored fallen soldiers and their families.

Some employees received awards for their good deeds, including Fort Wayne, IN, P&DC Mail Processing Clerk Pam Stalling, who participates in fundraising walks, and Laurel, MD, Letter Carrier Audrey Washington, a Combined Federal Campaign volunteer.

Washington, DC, Letter Carrier Byron Anderson also received a treat when he volunteered at a school and met first lady Michelle Obama.

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