Our people | Community connection
Our commitment to our communities is broad and deep. In cities and towns across the country, USPS employees donate their time to making their communities better places in which to live and work. Whether donating lifesaving bone marrow, distributing information about missing children or collecting food for the hungry, USPS employees are making a positive difference every day.
Since USPS began its affiliation with the National Marrow Donor program in 1997, more than 50,000 postal employees and family members have joined the “Be the match” registry through the Postal Service’s “Delivering the gift of life” program.
So far, 80 USPS employees have donated marrow.
One USPS employee — Chino Hills, CA, Rural Carrier Associate Yvonne Elizarraras — donated bone marrow to a 10-year-old boy she has never met, as he battles acute lymphoid leukemia.
When Elizarraras discovered she was a potential match, the mother of three mailed back the required materials the same day she got them. “I didn’t want to delay anything,” she said, because time was critical for the young boy.
After donating marrow, Elizarraras was told she might be called back to make a second donation. “I’d do it again!” she declares. “My fingers are crossed for that little boy!”
More than 1 billion (pounds) served
The annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive — the nation’s largest one-day food drive — collects non-perishable food to help feed more than 35 million people, including 12 million children, who face hunger every day in America.
The carriers, in partnership with the Postal Service, collected a record 77.1 million pounds of food during the FY 2010 drive. The results of the May event easily eclipsed the previous record of 73.4 million pounds set in FY 2009.
During the 18-year history of the food drive, more than 1 billion pounds of food have been collected for those in need.