By now we are sure you have heard of the struggles the United States Postal Service is facing. Donald Trump has blocked vital funding that the Postal Service desperately needs to stay in business. Losing the USPS -- especially during a public health crisis -- would be devastating to millions of Americans.
As a small business that relies more than ever on the USPS to deliver to our customers, we view threats to the USPS as existential to our survival as well. When the supply chain shortages related to Covid-19 were at their worst from February through March, our local postmaster reached out and asked us to provide hand sanitizer for their postal workers.
Thinking of plagues past and how mail carriers and milkmen played a role in spreading the Spanish Flu, we set to work long hours in our tiny production space whipping up batches of sanitizer for the local post office. Word got out to postmasters around our home state of Maryland, and one by one they reached out to us asking for sanitizer for their carriers.
If you haven't given it much thought, here are just a few reasons that show the essential and invaluable services of The USPS:
- The Postal Service employs more than 600,000 workers nationwide, making it among the largest employers in some states.
- They deliver lifesaving medications to elderly and disabled people
- They deliver your love letters, postcards, care packages, magazine subscriptions, etc.
- Rural and indigenous community mail delivery
- Census data collection
- Vote-by-mail ballots, which are very important for this coming election. (Register to vote here & Request your Mail-In Ballot)
For just $1, Mount Royal Soap Co. would love to send this postcard designed by Sara Austin to your federal representative on your behalf to demand congress take action to save The United States Postal Service.
If you're like us and frustrated about what's happening and want to ensure that your mail-in vote (and the votes of fellow citizens) arrives in time, take a look at all the other ways you can help save the USPS right now:
- Buy Stamps!!!
- Write a friend a letter. Snail mail is IN. Pen Pal's are cool!!
- Inmate Pen Pals are also cool
- Lend and send a friend your favorite book
- Send a loved one a care package
- Text "USPS" to 50409
- Figure out your state's voting deadlines