It’s one of the busiest days of the year for the Whitworth University post office located on campus. When the first shipment of mail came in this morning, their backroom was filled with numerous flower deliveries.
Students are eager to pick them up early along with the letters snuggled into their mailboxes. You can spot a Valentine’s Day card a mile away from the red envelope sticking out of their nooks.
When many post offices face closures due to under use, this one is being held together with love. It’s the care packages from parents that keep it going. Post office supervisor, Lindsey Seidel, says their situation is unique with kids living on campus. This post office is their home mailbox.
“We haven’t seen a decrease in use. Kids are always ordering and receiving textbooks or packages from home,” Seidel explains, elaborating on the types of packages parents send their kids.
Sometimes parents will cut a two-litter bottle in half and fill it with things, tape it up and send it out so it looks like a message in a bottle.