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USPS districts host charity events

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Debbie Ore, a diversity event coordinator, speaks to Rennie Galanos, a Postal Employees’ Relief Fund representative, during a recent Combined Federal Campaign event at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Postal Service is continuing to promote the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and the importance of giving back.

Across the nation, districts are holding events featuring representatives from CFC charities and guest speakers, including USPS employees whose lives have been touched by the annual federal workplace charity drive.

“This year, we have encountered many disasters that have taken homes and businesses from families,” Richmond, VA, Postmaster Joe Thekkekara told attendees at a recent Richmond District event. “With the holidays approaching, the need to donate is more important than ever.”

USPS wants to raise $6.4 million this year for the CFC, topping the 2017 total of $6.1 million. More than 8,000 charities are participating in the campaign, which is underway through Jan. 11.

Employees at a recent Northern Ohio District event learned about more than 30 charities, including United Way of Greater Cleveland and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

“CFC is a safe way to give back to those in need,” said Cynthia Mravec, a learning development and diversity specialist who regularly reminds co-workers that the charities are vetted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Lorna Coakley, a business mail entry unit supervisor who serves as Greater South Carolina District’s CFC chair, recently organized an event where she encouraged employees to donate what they can.

“You never know how your giving can change somebody’s life,” she said.

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