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Youth Spotlight: Kids Sell Stamps To Support The USPS

October 9, 2020

Kids can do a lot to make change happen even if they can’t vote. Brothers Xavier H. and Roden H. decided that they had to do something to save the United States Post Office. The Xyza team had a chance to e-interview the brothers and we asked them what they’re hoping to accomplish with their efforts. We were super impressed and inspired! Check out what they had to say.

Question: Why are you selling stamps?
Xavier: We’re selling stamps to support our post office and, by extension, our democracy.
Roden: I’m twelve, so I can’t vote. I’m doing what I can to stop Donald Trump hurting the post office to win the election.

Question: How did you come up with the idea?

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Xavier: Our community has a history of bake-sale fundraisers in and around the Glen Park BART station. The first political bake sale I ever took part in was for “Brownies nuttier than John McCain” in 2008.

Roden: When we woke up the morning before the bake sale, my mom told us what she’d read in the news about the post office and we decided to just do something. We were moving that weekend, so it was really crazy to try to do a bake sale too, but we were all tired of just complaining about what’s happening.

Question: What are you hoping to achieve with your efforts?
Xavier: Our dream was to create a chain of similar stamp sales across the nation, raise awareness, and make space for people to help support the post office.
Roden: We wanted to raise some money for the post office but, most importantly, we wanted to inform people about what was going on.

Question: What has been the general response from the community regarding your efforts?

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Xavier: It’s been exceedingly positive, we had one man go so far as to jump out of his car at a red light to hand us a donation.
Roden: In our own community, we got lots of support and interest! Even people who couldn’t make it to the sale got involved, passing on the message and buying stamps. One friend told us she’d bought $500 worth of stamps!!!!

Question: What do you want your fellow students to know about the USPS and its role in the upcoming elections?
Xavier: I’d like my fellow students to know the post office is going to be an important means of getting ballots safely to the polls.

Question: What are you and your fellow classmates most concerned about when it comes to the future of the country?

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Xavier: My class’s greatest concern, as I see it, is climate change. I believe we’re most optimistic about the fresh acceptance of a spectrum of different sexualities, now being mirrored by older generations.
Roden: I’m concerned about unfair leadership, and I want good people running our country—people in politics should serve their country instead of serving themselves.

Question: How can people support your efforts?

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Xavier People can support our efforts by going to the post office and buying stamps, writing a letter to someone who is unlikely but eligible to vote in this next election, and communicating with people about all the different ways they can vote.
Roden Vote! Vote! Vote! I can’t vote and I think it’s crazy that some people who can vote don’t. People should vote if they can, and help others to vote. Find out when you can vote, try to vote in person (and early), and we can beat the cheating that Trump is planning. If you vote by mail, vote early!!!! And if you can, return your ballot in a drop box. I’m working to support the USPS, but I know that we can’t trust it with this election.

Question: If you could give one piece of advice to kids who want to make a difference, what would you say?
XAVIER: Look around to see what’s missing and fill that void!
RODEN: Whatever you can do helps. Learn about what’s happening and don’t be afraid to do something no one else is doing. Do what you can, and don’t worry about what you can’t.

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