Post Of­fice Cel­e­brates Stamp Sales

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY - By Mark Humphrey

FARMINGTON — Farmington Post Of­fice em­ploy­ees hosted a re­cep­tion for lo­cal postal pa­trons to cel­e­brate the sale of pink stamps, a por­tion of which is de­voted to fund breast cancer re­search.

A cus­tomer ap­pre­ci­a­tion day was held Oct. 30, at the Farmington Post Of­fice in recog­ni­tion of more than $2,500 in sales of pink stamps.

Post­mas­ter Carla Big­ger­staff said 15 cents from ev­ery stamp goes to fed­eral re­search.

“It’s been very well re­ceived,” Big­ger­staff said of the “Cus­tomer Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day.”

“It’s our way of say­ing ‘thank you.’ This month (Oc­to­ber) is Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month. We sell a breast cancer stamp. As of to­day, we have sold over $2,500 of breast cancer stamps.”

Dan Daniel, who re­sides in the Farmington area, has done busi­ness with the lo­cal post of­fice for more than 30 years. He came in to check his mail and se­lected a cup­cake. Other pa­trons ate cup­cakes, drank punch and en­tered draw­ings for items be­ing given away.

A flier pro­mot­ing the event read, “Thank you for your con­tin­ued busi­ness with the U.S.P.S. You have helped the Arkansas District raised over $60,000 for breast cancer re­search. THANK YOU!!!”

Posters were printed at least a week in ad­vance and Big­ger­staff said that number has in­creased to $70,000 by Oct. 30.

“Just our of­fice alone has raised al­most $600 to go to breast cancer re­search,” Big­ger­staff said.

Postal clerk Robin Shep­hard worked the counter, which fea­tured a full-length ban­ner pro­claim­ing, “Fund the Fight, Find a Cure.” Cus­tomers were greeted by a brightly-dec­o­rated Farmington Post Of­fice in­te­rior dec­o­rated with pink balls and pink bal­loons out­side.

“Most peo­ple are pretty ac­cept­ing of it, and when you try to sell the stamps to go along with the pink; they are will­ing to help you out,” Shep­hard said. “On Fri­day and Satur­day we sold a lot of stamps. You ex­plain it to them and they want to par­tic­i­pate.”

Big­ger­staff took over as Farmington Post­mas­ter on April 1. She said Farmington Post Of­fice serves more than 4,000 cus­tomers be­tween P.O. boxes and ru­ral de­liv­ery.

“We like to give back a lit­tle bit,” Big­ger­staff said. “Peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate fast, friendly ser­vice. It’s fun for me be­ing out here (in the lobby) be­cause a lot of the time I’m back in my of­fice.”

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Dan Daniel, postal pa­tron, se­lects a cup­cake dur­ing cus­tomer ap­pre­ci­a­tion day, held Oct. 30 in recog­ni­tion of more than $2,500 in sales of pink stamps, a por­tion of which is de­voted to fund breast cancer re­search.

Postal clerk, Robin Shep­hard, works the counter of a brightly-dec­o­rated Farmington Post Of­fice in­te­rior dur­ing cus­tomer ap­pre­ci­a­tion day.

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