Postal Workers Are Sharing Ways We Can Help Them Right Now and We Should All Pay Attention | 22 Words

Amid the ongoing US postal service row, postal workers have been sharing various ways in which we can help them during this difficult time...

The US Postal Service desperately needs our help.

Earlier this month, postal workers across the country sounded alarms over changes the newly appointed United States Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, had made to USPS since taking over in June.

These changes included cutting overtime and limiting post office hours...

Which workers say have been causing massive delivery delays.

And, with millions of Americans expected to vote by mail this November due to the coronavirus...

Lawmakers have begun to grow concerned with how these hour cuts and struggling workers could affect the election.

The USPS is in a desperate need of a money injection...

But President Trump has made his opposition to giving the service more money quite clear.

At a press conference, he made this comment:

"If we don’t make a deal, that means they [USPS] don’t get the money, that means they can’t have universal mail-in voting. They just can’t have it. Sort of a crazy thing. Very interesting."

It's an incredibly detrimental situation.

And, ever since the president's blatant refusal to help the struggling service, people have been taking to the streets to protest the shocking underfunding.

But how exactly can we help?

Protests have been proven to work for countless other issues in the past, but surely there must be another, more direct way in which we can help our struggling USPS workers?

Well, you may just be in luck.

Since the controversy unfolded, postal workers from across the country have been taking to Reddit to share ways in which we can make their jobs that little bit easier. Keep scrolling to hear what they had to say...

1. Always leave out a refreshment for exhausted USPS workers.

Reddit user, f309rod wrote: "Former carrier here. Had one house that always left me a bottle of ice-cold water. Highlight of that route!"

2. A little bit of fun can go a long way.

Sashwake recalled: "I am a carrier. I have a running tic-tac-toe game going with some kids on my route. They have a paper hanging off the mailbox and we just do one X or O a day. I'm not sure who looks forward to it more, me or them."

3. This user explained how any gesture is appreciated.

"Husband delivers mail and he loves just about anything people do. From pictures drawn from kids along the route to thank-you letters to cold water and Ding Dongs. He is appreciative of it all!"

4. Always remember that USPS vans don't have air conditioning.

ProFriendZoner wrote: "Keep in mind the mail carriers don't have air conditioning in their vehicles. There was one [who died from extreme heat] in California in 2018. The collection drivers don't have AC as well, but they don't hit the residential areas for the most part." So, any form of refreshment that will help to keep them cool will be massively appreciated.

5. Always be friendly.

L_Jackson explained: "My father has been a postal worker for decades. What makes him smile the most is when people just reach out and are nice and friendly. He would always tell us stories about the people who would put a smile on his face. Notes/cards go a long way. But also just say hi and ask them how their day is going."

6. Get a bigger mailbox!

A former USPS worker explained: "Former mail carrier here, the #1 thing you can do is get a bigger mailbox. Water and treats are nice, but a box they don't have to get out at to deliver things is the gift that keeps on giving."

7. More mailbox advice...

User, penguin2835 simply stated: "Stop putting your garbage in front of your mailbox."

8. It turns out us Americans are really bad with our mailboxes.

One understandably frustrated worker wrote this: "Put numbers on your damn mailbox/house. Send cards/legit letters to people. Tear down your POS lockbox that nothing fits into, and get an actual mailbox."

9. Always be understanding if your mail is late.

User, visceralbutterfly listed: "Being patient with us if there are delays, somebody actually being home to take the next-day 1 p.m. delivery parcel you ordered, agree on a safe place for any parcels you get so your postie doesn’t have to spend extra time writing out a card."

10. Delays are bound to happen, but this isn't the postal workers' fault.

Another user explained: "Please be friendly and understanding if something is late or missing. As of right now, a lot of this stuff is out of our control. It’s coming straight down from the top and there isn’t a lot we can do about it ourselves."

11. Always wear pants when answering the door.

Yep, this one actually needs explaining. Reddit user, SetsukoSnow wrote: "Carrier here! All I ask is: for the love of God, PLEASE WEAR PANTS WHEN ANSWERING THE DOOR! I've had straight-up naked dudes sign for their package without batting an eye. Oh, also smiles and friendliness are appreciated... But with clothes on."

12. Always keep your dogs inside.

Not everyone is a dog person, believe it or not. This user wrote: "Keep your dogs inside. If they're outside, make sure I can access your mailbox without them getting anywhere near me. If your dog is sitting outside and I think there's a risk, you're just not going to get your mail."

13. Snacks and treats can go a long way.

"I’m a carrier and I can tell you the cutest thing I see with the men in my office is the pure joy on their face when they reveal all the drinks/snacks they were given on their routes. They are so excited to take their treasures home to show the family. They even take pictures and post them on Facebook. "

14. Don't take out your anger and frustrations on your local USPS worker.

This user explained: "STOP YELLING AT ME WHEN I CANNOT FIND YOUR PACKAGE! We get mail from UPS and FedEx and sometimes it already comes to us all f****d up or they lost it... But we are the last to touch it, so customers hate us for thinking we damaged the package or lost it."

15. In cold and snowy weather, always make sure your pathway is cleared.

Iamkin11 wrote: "Former letter carrier for nine years on a walking route. I know winter hasn’t arrived yet, but when it snows, please make sure you shovel your stairs."

16. Don't ask what's going on with the postal service.

Reddit user, foureyesoffury wrote this emotional plea: "Please don't ask us what's going on with the post office. We really don't know either. I tell people, 'I come to work, do my job and go home — until I'm told otherwise.' We have no control over anything other than that. It's so sad because I love my job, my route, and my customers. I've been on the same route for almost four years. Babies born during my first year on it are now going into preschool. I've had several people on my route pass away. I've cried with family members. There are people on my route I talk to every single day. They know what's going on in my life and I know what's going on in theirs. That's my focus and that's what I care about right now. I hope to be able to continue doing my job for another 20 years. Sorry for rambling, but this whole thing hurts...We're taking it day by day and hoping we have enough people on our side."

17. And, lastly, VOTE.

IronMermaidan wrote: "My Mom has worked for USPS since she was 18. She's 64 now. I just asked her, 'Hey Ma, what do you need right now as a USPS employee?' and she yelled back, 'GO OUT AND F*****G VOTE.' So that's Kathy's answer." You can see the full Reddit thread here.