OTTUMWA — Whether it's a letter from Grandma, a Christmas package or a birthday card from across the country, there's nothing more exciting than finding great things in the mailbox.
Tuesday is Thank A Mailman Day, and it's an opportunity to show some appreciation to those men and women who deliver the mail, rain or shine. We take for granted that the bills will show up, but so many important envelopes and packages are delivered faithfully six days a week.
While not the Postal Service's official creed, the inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City says it all: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
So how can you thank your mailman on Tuesday?
• Simply smile and wave when they come to your mailbox.
• Have the kids draw them a card.
• Write a thank you letter.
• Package up some small treats with a thank you card.
• Give them some homemade cookies tied up with a thank you note.
• Attach a thank you card to a package of chocolate candies — Thanks for going Miles and Miles to deliver the mail.
• Choose a thoughtful gift like gloves or hand and foot warmers.
• Think about a gift card for a warm drink or something yummy at the end of the day.
There are just a couple of restrictions. Mail carriers cannot accept gifts with more than $20 in value or any cash, and they cannot accept more than $50 in gifts from any one person in a year.
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