52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 41

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Neighboring Tip of the Week – Visit with your mail carrier - offer them a word of thanks and maybe learn something about them.

As this tip comes on the last day of Thanksgiving weekend, we are getting ready to transition into a new holiday season…Christmas! As the season begins, we at the Neighboring Movement are thinking specifically about  postal workers. It is all too easy to take mail delivery for granted. Have you ever thought about what postal workers experience during this holiday season? Greater volume of cards, packages and flyers; less daylight and colder days; plus anxious and stressed out customers. This all being said, we think it’s pretty easy to see how a word of thanks could go a long way for a postal worker.

This is what we propose: Visit with your mail carrier - offer them a word of thanks and maybe learn something about them. Your conversation could be as simple as “Hello! Thank you for your work!” or it could contain more. For example, learning their name can be meaningful. Such a simple action, or any similar one, displays both your care and appreciation for them.

Finally, keep in mind, your mail carrier is on a schedule, so do your best not to slow them down too much.

Happy neighboring!