My Latest Quest: Save the USPS

Last week I got a, "Hi, we want to close your local post office branch so try to convince us not to," survey in the mail.


Filling out the survey I was reminded of a conversation I had with a friend late last year. We committed to doing our part to "Save the US Postal Service." But by the looks of this survey, we may have our work cut out for us. I, for one, refuse to give up the fight. Instead I've put my thinking cap on and figured out what little part I can do this year (I mean it is resolution season after all) to keep a few mail carriers busy.

Here is my five pronged attack:
1. One of my Day Zero goals is to send birthday cards to every member of my family for an entire year. Now, this might sound like a little task, but I remind you, my family of origin is Irish and Catholic. Translation: there is a shit-ton of them. Plus to make things interesting, I'm upping the ante and including a few close friends to the list.
2. Another of my Day Zero goals is to send 100 Thank You notes. I'm certain that if I'd actually kept track of the thank you cards that I've sent since starting this little listy list I'd be much further along. I haven't however, so I've got some major thanking to do this year.
3. While sorting and packing the past few days I have discovered a stationery store sized collection of note cards that I've been hoarding.  This is not to mention the four boxes of Christmas cards that I must have purchased on sale and stashed away for "next year" at some point. Mark my words, I am resolved to use up all that stationery! This might mean some people are getting Christmas cards as birthday cards... buuuuuut, let's be honest, that would be kind of funny, right? Plus, it's the thought that counts.
4. Another of my goals involves Postcrossing.com. Have you heard of this site? It links up users to send and receive postcards from all across the globe. Not only is it a fun way to save the post office (actually the postal services in other countries too... score), I'm also using the cards I have received as dividers for this little project I started on January 1.
5. Once we get settled I'm sending out honest-to-goodness change of address notes. I found this kitschy and cute idea on the almighty Pinterest . And who knows, maybe this will prompt people to send ME mail!

It's kind of cool when several little things all line up to make a "resolution" (or what I'd like to consider a quest in this case) seem more fun and less cumbersome.

So who's with me, is there anything you can do in 2o12 to save the USPS?