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Friday, February 23, 2024

Wall with display of greeting cards
Greeting cards are displayed in the home of Megan Evans, founder of Random Acts of Cardness.

This group sends greeting cards to strangers

Random Acts of Cardness uses mail to lift spirits

A private Facebook group with more than 8,600 members is doing its part to preserve a tradition that might seem out of step in the digital age: mailing greeting cards.

The group, called Random Acts of Cardness, allows members to post greeting card requests for themselves or others, such as a co-worker dealing with an illness or a loss, or a friend celebrating a birthday or anniversary.

Other members then respond to the requests by mailing cards to strangers to provide them with a pick-me-up.

“We are entirely a volunteer organization, and everybody is welcome to join,” said Megan Evans, a Wickliffe, OH, resident who started Random Acts of Cardness after her own spirits were lifted by greeting cards while recovering from a serious illness in 2015.

The group has more than doubled in size since 2021. Evans estimates 30 to 40 people join Random Acts of Cardness each day.

In addition to providing a place for people to request greeting cards, the group organizes activities, including a drive that resulted in more than 700 cards being mailed to members of the military during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group’s success is another sign of greeting cards’ enduring appeal.

Americans purchase approximately 6.5 billion greeting cards each year, with annual retail sales estimated between $7 billion and $8 billion, according to the Greeting Card Association.

Because Random Acts of Cardness is a private Facebook group, the greeting card requests are not available to the public.

There is no cost to join the group, although members must pay for their own cards and postage. However, Random Acts of Cardness collects donations of cards, stamps and stationery for financially strapped members.

The membership includes more than a few mail enthusiasts.

D’Anne Olson, a retail associate at the Adena, OH, Post Office, joined Random Acts of Cardness a few years ago and said she appreciates how the organization inspires people to use the mail.

“It’s amazing. Today alone, I received eight cards in the mail,” she said.

Evans said she appreciates the important role USPS plays in the group’s efforts.

“We truly could not exist without the Postal Service. Our cards are delivered by men and women in blue and they are invaluable beyond measure,” she said.

Image of stamp showing an illustrated portrait of John Wooden in the foreground and two players reaching for a basketball in midair in the background
The John Wooden stamp features a portrait of the basketball coach based on a photograph from the early 1970s.

John Wooden has scored his own stamp

The famed UCLA basketball coach led his team to 10 NCAA championships

The Postal Service will release its stamp honoring John Wooden on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Wooden led the UCLA Bruins to a record-setting 10 NCAA Division I basketball national championships, four perfect seasons and 88 consecutive victories.

Born in 1910 in rural Indiana, Wooden’s love of the game started early. He helped his high school team win a state basketball tournament in 1927, was an All-American at Purdue University three years in a row and received the Big Ten Medal of Honor for scholarship and athletic prowess.

In 1946, after serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, he started coaching at Indiana State University.

Wooden began his career at UCLA in 1948 and retired in 1975. During his tenure, the Bruins became one of America’s most well-known dynasties, earning Wooden the nickname the “Wizard of Westwood,” after the neighborhood where UCLA is located.

He is credited with helping to break the color barrier in college basketball as a coach and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice: in 1960, as a player for Purdue University in the 1930s, and in 1973, as a coach.

He was named NCAA basketball coach of the year six times.

In 2003, Wooden received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

He died in 2010 at age 99.

The John Wooden stamp was designed by Antonio Alcalá, an art director for USPS. It features a portrait of Wooden by illustrator Alexis Franklin, based on an early 1970s photograph by Norm Schindler.

The numbers on the two players’ jerseys — 4 and 10 — symbolize the Bruins’ four perfect seasons and 10 NCAA national championships under Wooden.

The Forever stamp will be available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.

The Postal Service will dedicate the stamp Feb. 24 at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Spokane, WA, Retail Associate Brooklynn Coker
Heroes

A nurse in the house

This employee urged her co-worker to go to a hospital. Doing so may have saved his life

Retail Associate Brooklynn Coker was on duty at Shadle Garland Station in Spokane, WA, when she heard a co-worker complaining of elbow pain.

Coker, a former registered nurse, observed swelling and inflammation in the man’s arm and told him to go to an emergency room right away.

Once there, doctors diagnosed sepsis and began treatment.

“If I didn’t go to the ER like Brooklynn told me, I might have died,” her grateful colleague later said.

Employees featured in “Heroes” receive letters of commendation through the Postmaster General Heroes’ Program. The nomination form is available on Blue.

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Jaeden Layne, a Barboursville, WV, city carrier assistant, has made his mom — and lots of other people — proud.
People

Showing respect

A city carrier assistant’s deference and a rural carrier’s dedication receive praise

A funeral procession recently wended its way through Barboursville, WV, and City Carrier Assistant Jaeden Layne paused in respect.

A passerby was so moved by the young man’s deference that he snapped a photo and posted it on his Facebook page. “It was nice to see someone so young being so respectful,” he wrote.

“We need more people like that,” was one comment.

“Must have been raised right,” was another.

Angela Layne, the carrier’s mother and the postmaster of Ashland, KY, said “he didn’t do it for any sort of recognition. That is just him.” Indeed, the unsuspecting carrier had no idea he had been photographed.

The post was picked up by a private Facebook group, Memories of Barboursville, and more accolades piled up.

When asked why he thinks it touched such a chord, Layne was reflective.

“I think it’s just the respect. A lot of the time it’s disappearing from society now,” he said.

The carrier added that there’s a funeral home near his route and he has seen a few processions already, despite only having worked at the office for about six months.

“It’s just what others would want done for themselves,” he said. “Everyone plays a part in their community. Everyone there is to be respected.”

Miles to go

Texas 1 District recently honored a Dallas rural carrier for going the extra mile.

Roslyn Miles, who is based at Bent Tree Station, was driving to work in December when another driver ran a red light and struck her car, totaling it.

Not wanting to miss work, Miles — who wasn’t seriously injured — asked Jason Smith, the police officer who responded to the accident, if he could help her out.

“I told him that it was important that I made it to work that morning. I told him that if I didn’t, I was going to let a lot of people down,” Miles said.

Smith obliged, driving the rural carrier more than 30 miles from the site of the accident to Bent Tree Station.

On Feb. 8, Texas 1 District held a ceremony to commend Miles’ dedication. Participants included Dallas Postmaster Daniel Reyes III and District Manager Scott Hooper, who read a letter from Linda Crawford, the Southern Area vice president.

“Your actions made me even more proud to be leading the Southern Area team,” Crawford wrote.

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USPS is working to increase package recyclability — but by how much?
News Quiz

Once isn’t enough

How much do you remember about recycling — and other recent topics?

After a two-year break, “News Quiz” is back to test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Fill in the blank: By fiscal year 2030, USPS seeks to increase package recyclability to (blank).

a) 74 percent

b) 75 percent

c) 88 percent

d) None of the above

2. Gardner, MA, Retail Associate Subrena Simpson recently aided a customer who fell prey to scammers. How much money did the man plan to send them?

a) $29.50

b) $295

c) $2,950

d) $29,500

3. True or false: Saul Bellow, the subject of this year’s Literary Arts stamp, was born in Chicago.

a) True

b) False

4. Which cybersecurity scam involves scanning a QR code that takes you to a fraudulent website?

a) Phishing

b) Quishing

c) Smishing

d) Vishing

5. What is the title of the Postal Service’s latest television advertising campaign?

a) “Built for How You Business”

b) “Built for How You Mail”

c) “Built for How Your Ship”

d) “Built for How You Work”

Answers: 1) c. 2) d. 3) b. Bellow was born in Quebec, Canada. 4) b. 5) a.

Brief

Postal Bulletin covers investment scams

Postal Bulletin’s latest edition, published Feb. 22, has tips for employees and customers on avoiding investment scams.

Updates to the organization’s policies, procedures and forms are also included.

Employees can go to usps.com to read and download the latest Postal Bulletin, along with past issues.

March 1, 2024
Datebook

EAP orientation

The USPS Employee Assistance Program will hold its next online orientation on Friday, March 1, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

The orientations, held on the first Friday of each month, offer information on how Postal Service employees and their families can use the program.

Employees must register in advance on the EAP website.

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