Show of Love

St. Valentine joined St. Jude to share some love this week.

The Postal Service dedicated Made of Hearts, this year’s Love stamp, at an event held at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, in time for Valentine’s Day.

The hospital, which is named for the patron saint of the impossible, treats children with catastrophic diseases, such as leukemia and other cancers.

It was an ideal setting to unveil the Made of Hearts stamp, according to David E. Williams, the Postal Service’s chief operating officer, who spoke at the ceremony.

“What you do here every day symbolizes love — love for life, love for our children, love for those less fortunate,” Williams said, noting that the hospital’s groundbreaking work has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from 20 percent in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.

Steve Froehlich, senior vice president, direct marketing, for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, discussed how mail is used to raise money for the hospital and thanked Postal Service employees for their efforts.

“You’ve helped us reach even more donors, more volunteers and more supporters, who in turn have helped St. Jude save even more lives around the world,” he said.

Made of Hearts features horizontal lines of red and pink hearts on a white background. The stamp is available in panes of 20 at Post Offices across the nation and usps.com.

The Love series originated in 1973. Although USPS releases the stamp early each year, it isn’t just for Valentine’s Day and can also be used for birthday cards, wedding invitations, birth announcements and other mailings.

Melvina Young, a Hallmark Cards senior writer who spoke at the ceremony, told attendees that the stamps will remind people of the most powerful emotion of all.

“Look at love. Look how it lifts, how it lightens the load, how it empowers, how it cures, how it saves, how it connects us — heart to heart,” she said. “Look at how it can make the world better, one life at a time, by making each of us feel seen, held, known and valued for being exactly who we are.”

Staying healthy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing the public with tips to prevent influenza and other contagious respiratory illnesses.

Here are some general tips:

• Get vaccinated. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season, especially people at high risk, including adults 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and people living with asthma or heart disease.

• Practice prevention. Take actions every day to help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. These actions include covering your mouth when coughing, covering your nose when sneezing, washing your hands regularly and, if possible, staying home when you’re sick.

• Seek treatment. Prescription medications called “antiviral drugs” can be used to treat the flu and similar illnesses. CDC recommends prompt treatment for people who have flu infection or suspected flu infection and who are at high risk of serious flu complications.

Additionally, CDC is advising the public to take steps to avoid the novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, last month. These steps include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

The CDC website has additional information and tips.

Walk carefully

The Postal Service wants employees to take precautions to avoid slips, trips and falls during winter weather.

Here are some tips:

Wear proper footwear. Keep your feet warm and dry. Choose high-traction, slip-resistant footwear.

Stay away. Avoid wet leaves, slippery surfaces and icy areas whenever possible. Shorten your steps and shuffle your feet when near slippery surfaces. Don’t risk personal injury from icy steps.

Be alert. Finger mail only when it is safe to do so. Always remain focused, alert and ready to react to the conditions in front of you.

Hang on. Where available, use handrails or other stable supports. Holding onto something keeps you steady when ascending and descending stairs or entering and exiting vehicles. Keep one hand on the handrail or grab bar, so you can catch yourself if you start to slip.

Report Hazards. Be diligent about examining your path for hazards. Use PS Form 1767, Report of Hazard, Unsafe Condition or Practice, to report a hazard to your supervisor. Alert replacement carriers to any hazardous conditions by completing PS Form 1766, Hazard Warning Card.

The Resources for Safety and Health website has additional information.