Display of affection

A Philadelphia woman’s use of mail to decorate her home — and honor her late father — has gone viral on social media.

Lauren Rosa Miller created a wall display in her living room, using framed postcards that her dad, Dave Miller Sr., sent while she was growing up.

Dave, who owned and operated a consulting firm, traveled frequently.

“He wrote postcards from dinner with Nelson Mandela, from the Million Man March and just to tell me ‘I love you,’” Lauren said. As she grew older, she also took to writing her dad and sending him postcards.

Before he died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2018, Dave presented Lauren with his saved collection of their correspondence. During the coronavirus pandemic, Lauren found herself spending more time at home and dealing with her grief. To honor her dad’s legacy, she framed his postcards for display.

In the spring, Lauren took to social media to share a reel of herself designing and completing the tribute. The post has received more than 3 million views, prompting coverage on Morning in America and Good Morning America.”

“I’m very satisfied and happy with the way it looks. Now when I feel like I’m missing him, I walk by and feel his presence and love. I look at them when I’m in need of inspiration,” she said. “They are a tremendous blessing.”

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Pickup line

A North Carolina postmaster’s conversation with a customer has resulted in a shipping deal worth more than $2 million for the Postal Service.

Matthew Walters, who leads the Elkin Post Office, noticed that the owner of a local business was coming into the Post Office each day to mail packages. Walters let the business owner know that the Postal Service offers package pickup.

The next day, the owner of another branch of the same company came to the Post Office to ask about package pickup.

Walters submitted the leads through the Business Connect program, which allows postmasters, managers and supervisors to initiate follow-up discussions with customers about USPS products and services.

George Humphreys, a business lead development specialist, and Aracely Green, a territory executive, followed up with the two customers and closed a shipping deal worth $2.2 million in new estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service.

Sales generated from Business Connect leads are included in the USPS Every Lead Counts campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

“By observing, inquiring and making a business connection, Matthew was able to help his customer and help the Postal Service gain new revenue,” said Dorothy Muir, small-business specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page has more information about Business Connect and the other employee lead programs: Clerks Care, Customer Connect, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.