Mail carriers making a difference during trying time

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WILLIAMSBRIDGE, the Bronx — Bronx mail carrier Melinda Hammond learned over the last 2 months she’s a lot stronger than she once thought.

“We’ve had our trying times here in Williamsbridge,” Hammond told PIX11 News.

As New Yorkers stayed home and small shops closed, the Postal Service continued delivering the mail.

“Even in a pandemic we’re still going strong to provide the service that you need,” Hammond said.

Hammond keeps the essentials moving, “the medicine, the disinfectant, the masks.”

Inside the East Gun Hill Road Post Office, “we lost a great deal of people in one single moment,” Hammond explained.

“We went from having about 60 carriers in, to 30 or even 20.”

Across the country 2,800 postal service employees tested positive for coronavirus. Nearly 1,000 are still out sick from work, as the Postal Service recently warned they’re already strained finances may not survive COVID-19.

Mail carrier Doketha Myers said she believes the people she delivers the mail to are like family.

“They tell me thank you for being here, thank you for coming out,” Myers said.

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