With the lick of every envelope, Jamie Sanin of Hudson Valley group Celebrate Womxn 845 is helping to support the United States Postal Service.
"As we all may or may not know, the USPS is in jeopardy, and there's so many things wrong with that. One or two big things that stand out for me are: So many artists use the USPS, it's cheaper a lot of the time than FedEx or any of those private things; and also, people get like medications, birth control, that kind of stuff through the mail; so keeping that accessible and public, I think, is really important," said Sanin, the founder of Celebrate Womxn 845.
Sanin and her friend Nell Worden created the "Save Our Snail Mail" mailer campaign.
"We have our website set up, and you can order a kit and it comes with printed letters. You don’t have to worry about that," said Sanin. "It comes with everything, the envelopes, stamps, we're gonna throw in some cute surprises, little stickers, and it'll come with addresses of suggested representatives to send the letters to."
Each letter explains the importance of the USPS and the congressional bills that would help support it.
All you have to do once you receive your kit in the mail is sign each letter, attach a stamp, address the letter to your representative, and then take it to your local post office.
"It's cool, because it creates revenue at two stages. We're providing people with the stamps, so we've already bought the stamps and prepped all the stuff, and when people send them out, it's gonna go through the USPS to the representatives," said Sanin.
Each four-pack of letters costs $5; the 20-packs cost $15. So far, the group has raised more than $250 to donate to the USPS.
"It's exciting, and I just think it's smart. I think that we forget how powerful our collective power is," said Sanin.
If you’d like to participate in the "Save Our Snail Mail" campaign, you can visit their website to order your kit by the October 5 deadline.