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Generous gestures

Employees helped communities this year

Two employees hold award outside Post Office
Two Alton, IL, employees — Retail Associate William Perkins, left, and Letter Carrier Wayne Able — honored seriously ill children this year with military recognition ceremonies.

Postal Service workers spent time throughout 2017 helping to improve the lives of others.

Employees offered foster care for children in need, provided military ceremonies for seriously ill kids, and came to the aid of youngsters with physical challenges.

Elsewhere, residents in Pittsburg, KS, benefitted from the food donation boxes that Letter Carrier Richard Brooksher built.

Other efforts reached beyond the United States and bridged language barriers.

McPherson, KS, Letter Carrier Joyce Tolle traveled to Honduras to help provide medical supplies, while Nicolas Benrey, a Lexington, KY, customer relations coordinator, began hosting a radio show to reach Spanish-speaking customers.

Charitable giving was important this year, too.

Stephen Waldorf, a Detroit acting multimedia specialist, and two customer services supervisors — Kathy Jones of Marshfield, MO, and Bernice Redden of Clearwater, FL — supported charities that helped their families, while Jackson, MS, Flat-Sorting Machine Clerk Coy Hill won his dream home after donating to a children’s research hospital.

Some employees gave the gift of life.

Burnsville, MN, Letter Carrier Deborah Ochetti donated stem cells to help a cancer patient undergoing treatment, while Newman Lake, WA, Retail Associate Ron Laughbon continued his long tradition of donating blood.

“If you can help save someone’s life, that’s pretty special,” Laughbon said. 

The Link archive has more employee service stories from 2017.

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