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Postal workers brave the cold


To paraphrase the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service, nothing will keep them from delivering the mail -- even below-zero temperatures.

"It doesn't get any easier on days like today," said Jennifer Zaputil, a letter carrier for the USPS. "I'd like to think that the winters are getting colder, but the truth is that I'm getting old and it's probably just harder on me."

Zaputil has carried your mail for 20 years, walking miles through the snow everyday.

"It's a lot of walking, yes," she said. "It's fun when it's 70 and sunny, but like I said, on days like today you just take it one step at a time. Eventually you get to the last house, and come back and do it again tomorrow."

It's the unofficial motto of the Postal Service -- no weather will keep them from their jobs. But Zaputil said there are some things you can do to make her job easier, like making sure your walkways are clear of snow. Some people even invite her inside to warm up.

"And if it doesn't warm you up on the outside, it sure warms you up on the inside just to know that people care," Zaputil said.

No matter how frightful the weather, the mail has to get through

"Sometimes you're the only line of communication people have out here, like the elderly," Zaputil said. "You know especially this time of year, everyone is waiting on their christmas gifts and just christmas cards."

But some days are easier than others.

"Mornings like today, you know, it goes through you head, 'how much sick leave do I have left?'" Zaputil laughed. "I'm kidding. If my supervisors are watching, that was a joke."

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