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This is Not A Drill: The USPS Has a Merch Store

The USPS (United States Postal Service) has been in an unfortunate situation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and is surely at risk. In May, news broke out that they had 5,000 employees in quarantine, and that they might only have enough cash to make it until September. A new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, (who has a massively important job that is often overlooked) has not issued any new funding to the Postal Service. To make matters worse, the Trump administration has openly criticized mail-in voting, tying the practice to some sort of fraud. Some attribute low USPS funding to a deliberate attack of vote by mail resources.

This all seems quite worrisome. But is there anything we can do to help the postal service? As it turns out, you can buy merch directly from the USPS themselves. And if I do say so myself, it’s pretty sick.

Do you have a dog? Does your friend? Turn Fido into a mail carrier.

In the market for a cropped tee with impeccable design? Look no further.

Want to celebrate Earth Day every day? You’re in luck.

And if you’re not into T-shirts, this Protect the Pollinators activity kit will definitely kill some time.

We’re potentially facing a privatized postal system. This can mean (especially for small businesses and for those who rely on the post) that our deliveries could be much more expensive and much less reliable. If you’re interested in supporting the USPS further, text USPS to 50409 to keep the USPS alive, and check out this petition to help.

Thumbnail by Rhodi Lopez via Unsplash.

  • Will you be supporting the USPS in any way?

    • Yes! Give me that merch!
    • Definitely will sign some petitions.
    • Nah, I love receiving my post two weeks late.

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Written by Marina Martinez

Arizonan student at the University of Edinburgh, dog lover, desert rat, meme aficionado and coffee enthusiast.

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