ALTON – Many letter carriers for the United States Postal Service in the Riverbend area have been sporting beards and mustaches during the winter months.
That facial hair does keep them warm during the frigid months, but National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch #309 Sergeant at Arms Wayne Able said its removal will go to an even greater good. NALC members from across the nation donate often to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), and the local branch is no exception. On April 25, Able and his fellow local letter carriers will get their facial hair shaved by stylists from Something Else Salon at the Alton VFW Post #1308. Raffle tickets will be sold to raise money to send to the St. Louis Chapter of the MDA.
The union has already raised nearly $3,000 for their cause through a softball game held against Teamsters #810, who are United Postal Service (UPS) drivers. Unfortunately for the letter carriers, they lost that game, but the money was raised all the same.
“I hate to say it, but they won,” Able said. “We played them in basketball, though, and we won that one.”