Saturday, November 18, 2006

St. Francis of the Post Office

Mail carrier, Kathy Bland (shown above), was recently featured in her local paper because she has saved more than 800 abandoned or neglected animals along her Indiana mail route, helps the elderly and sends candy to children she delivers mail to.

In an article titled "St. Francis of the Post Office," the cancer survivor's unusual outreach to children, elderly and animals along her delivery route was profiled. As a result, she and the post office got tons of positive feedback except... from her employers.

According to The Star Press in central Indiana, "... the postal service was more concerned with the potential safety issues the article and accompanying photos raised."

Despite it not having affected her productivity, Bland is no longer allowed to give candy to children or rescue needy animals during work hours. She also was banned from giving media interviews in her postal-service uniform.

However, all is not lost.

She recently received a letter from Postmaster General Potter commending her "excellent service" after an outraged citizen wrote him about how Bland was being treated.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM