By Katie Hamilton
“Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” So says the unofficial motto of the U. S. Postal Service. “…Rain nor sleet”…no, but being short five to seven delivery people in a small community like Sedona, yes. If your mail has been delivered late..or not at all recently, that is probably the reason! The post office is short a number of delivery people. Those currently delivering our mail are all now working seven days a week, delivering mail until 10:00 at night. Some delivery people are working up to 18 hour shifts. Delivery help is being brought in from as far away as Yuma and New Mexico. These people are living out of a hotel away from family and friends to try to get your mail to you.
Our Post Office is desperately trying to hire people. And, the holiday season with it’s rush of letters and packages is only making it worse! Now is the time to be understanding and kind to your mail delivery person. Let them know you appreciate them and all they are doing. Leave a little note in your mailbox letting them know you care. Or maybe leave a gift card or something else special like a healthy snack. A small act of kindness can make a big difference to our mail carriers right now.