Postal carriers among those on front lines of COVID-19

Postal Carriers pose for a socially-distant photo opportunity.

They come to your house every day without fail.

The mail carriers and workers of the United States Postal Service live up to their long-time slogan, “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

There are 18 city carriers, 27 rural carriers, eight clerks and three managers employed at the Morristown location of the USPS. With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, postal workers have become more valuable than ever in getting letters and in some cases, medicines, to those who need them.

“Postal workers are essential workers and have an essential role,” said Valerie Stone, a city carrier who delivers door to door in Morristown. “People take comfort that the USPS is out there.”

Stone has been with the postal service for five years and has recently noticed appreciation by customers for the workers’ service.

“There has been everything from notes in mailbox, along with hand sanitizer and masks,” she said. “People will come out from their door and say thank you. The community has come together and realize that we are important.”

Valerie said that most customers take comfort in ordering things online and are able to get them safely. There has also been an increase in Popackage delivery since COVID-19 and she has experienced a lot of dismounts from her vehicle in order to bring packages to customers’ doors.

“We just want everyone to know during these difficult times, we’re going to be there for them,” she said. “We don’t stop. We have a great service. I’m proud to work for the USPS, I love my job and the people.”

An aerial photo taken on a recent weekend at the USPS office on South Cumberland Street was taken with a drone from Camera Castle. Stone’s husband, Lee, sketched the USPS logo on the parking lot and painted it for the photo.

“I came up with the idea of the picture because we are also essential workers,” Valerie said. “I have the upmost respect for everyone working on the frontline and the first responders. We take our role seriously being letter carriers and we have an important role in the community.”

Valerie Stone said the postal service represents a sense of normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People wave from their front porches and write notes thanking us for our service,” she said. “Many people have yelled ‘stay safe’ from their porches to me. I love my job and I love my route. I have made many close friends during my five years.

“I am proud to work for the United States Postal Service and feel honored that I serve my community on a daily basis. I believe it brings comfort to the community knowing that nothing will stop us and we are a familiar face six days a week,”

In addition to the famous motto, a lesser known motto for the postal service can be found on the building that formerly was the Washington, D.C. Post Office and now is the home of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum:

“Messenger of Sympathy and Love

Servant of Parted Friends

Consoler of the Lonely

Bond of the Scattered Family

Enlarger of the Common Life

Carrier of News and Knowledge

Instrument of Trade and Industry

Promoter of Mutual Acquaintance

Of Peace and of Goodwill among Men and Nations.”

The original of this inscription was called “The Letter” and was written by Dr. Charles W. Eliot, former president of Harvard University. President Woodrow Wilson changed the text slightly before the inscription was carved in the white granite of the Post Office.