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Postal Heroes

Posted December 14, 2009

Just got back from the Post Office! What a zoo! You’ve got to feel for postal workers this time of year. I’d like to show them some love.

Nominate your favorite postal worker. Your recommendation can include a US Postal Service worker, a UPS employee, a FedEx worker and so on.  Give us the story about what makes him or her great in your eyes. We’ll pick a winner and send them an autographed copy of my book Blue Ridge Reunion

Meanwhile, how do you navigate the thick postal traffic this time of year? What are the best times and locations to avoid lines? I bet there were at least 55 people waiting in line Saturday morning at the Cary Post Office off Wrenn Drive when I stopped by to mail some packages and at least a dozen folks in the automated machine line.


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  • fishnett5977 Dec 17, 2009

    I would like to nominate Joey Woodworth - one of our local FedEx drivers. He always has a smile and a kind word for everyone!!!

  • sassysewer Dec 15, 2009

    I'd like to nominate Sheila Williams who works for UPS. Beyond the fact that she does a wonderful job and is extremely hardworking, she has managed to do her job with a smile on her face thru numerous challenges, the most difficult being her husband going thru treatment for cancer.

  • mytrish Dec 14, 2009

    My husband is a UPS driver out of the Raleigh hub and he really enjoys his job. The customers on his route really appreciate the extra effort he makes to work around their schedule. Sometimes there's a box they REALLY need or they might need an early pick-up. No matter what the customer needs, he always tries his best to accomodate all of them. Most people don't realize how hard these guys work, especially during the holiday season. Imagine those big brown trucks completely packed with boxes. It can make for a very long day. I miss him during the holidays because of the late hours but I know it will only last for a few weeks. Soon we will be able to have dinner together again, instead of leaving his plate in the microwave. I just want him to know that I truly admire his dedication and love him very much.

  • Huey Dec 14, 2009

    I want yawl to know that we think we have the best mail delivery lady in the world right here in suburban Hillsborough. She is Elizabeth Fell; and she is a sweetheart. In her little red jeep, she has delivered smiles along with our mail for years. Like Santa on Christmas Eve night, she seems to always be in a rush, But you just know she would stop and talk a spell if she could. We know we are lucky to have her and we want her to know that she is really appreciated along with the entire gang here in our local post office. They do a fine job. Merry Christmas to you one and all.

  • mrsatrnr Dec 14, 2009

    I nominate my daddy, Thomas Lewis, a rural carrier with the Zebulon Post Office. My daddy has been employed with the Zebulon Post Office for over 30 years. He is a very dedicated postman. Other than a brief medical leave he has only missed a handful of days from work over the years. He is always on time and delivers excellent service to his postal customers. He has worked through hurricanes and snowstorms! He has dug paths through the snow and cut fallen trees out from his driveway so that he could make it to work! I can tell you that nothing stops the mail!

  • blytle Dec 14, 2009

    It's these behind the scenes people that never get any recognition yet, without them, things would fall apart. Congratulations to David Dowdee for his hard work.

  • thecatsmeow67 Dec 14, 2009

    I would like to nominate my husband, David Dowdee. He is not a carrier or clerk, not someone you see when you go to the post office. He is the one of the two who makes sure the offices in the Durham area are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. He is the one who makes sure that the mailboxes that we drop our mail into on the side of the road gets where it needs to go to be painted. He is the one along with 2 others who makes sure that if you lose the key to your mailbox he can change the lock. He is the one that makes sure that all of the equipment at the stations are in good working condition so that the grass can be cut. He makes sure that the fire extinguishers are up to date and full. He makes sure that all of the lights in the EXIT signs are working properly. He is the one who makes sure that the custodians have the supplies that they need to make sure that the stations are kept clean. He is the behind the scenes man that you never see.He's my postman.
    Diane Dowdee

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