Grand Rapids MI — In a thank you message to the postal employees of the Greater Michigan District, Manager Chuck Howe expresses the following.
“The extreme weather over the past several weeks wreaked havoc in cities across our state and other states as well. Many of our communities here in Michigan suffered through power outages, snow storms and sub-zero temperatures.
I thank our many postal workers who were resilient in spite of these circumstances. We had record snow and cold temperatures, yet they bundled up, came to work and braved the elements (frigid wind chills, snowbound streets and sidewalks). They processed the mail, drove it safely from our plants to our stations, and delivered it to our customers. This speaks to the dedication the job requires, and has historically been a hallmark of the Postal Service. Their demonstrated dedication proves true the unofficial adage, “neither rain, sleet, snow hail nor gloom of night stay these couriers from their appointed rounds.”
I also thank the many customers who kept approaches to their mailboxes cleared for the carriers to deliver the mail.
As a federal entity, which receives no tax dollars, the U.S. Postal Service is charged with the specific mission of delivering the nation’s mail. Our customers count on us to provide an essential service, no matter what the weather is. Whether it’s important business correspondence, prescription medicine, a gift from distant relatives or a great advertising coupon - our customers expect us to deliver.
Coming to work in such extreme cold speaks to the dedication the job requires, and has historically been a hallmark of the Postal Service.
Again, my sincerest thanks to all of the postal employees in the Greater Michigan District (serving zip codes 486-491 and 493-499). I am very proud of their outstanding performance.”
Charles E. Howe
Manager, Greater Michigan District - U.S. Postal Service
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