Postal Service Teams Up With Salvation Army to Help Duluth Disaster Victims

Post offices in zip codes beginning in "554" are collecting toiletries for those in need.

The United States Postal Service has teamed up with *The Salvation Army to help those affected by the recent Duluth, MN floods.

The Richfield Post Office, along with all post office locations within zip codes beginning in "554," are collecting basic hygiene products through Nov. 1.

Many Duluth area residents have been displaced and are now facing homelessness, according to USPS flier for the collection. The flooding was declared a federal disaster.

"We've found these are the items that people are really in need of this year," Mike LePree, a USPS executive board member, said at Minneapolis Area Chamber event last week.

The travel or trial size items that are being accepted include:

  • Soap;
  • Shampoo;
  • Conditioner;
  • Toothbrushes;
  • Toothpaste;
  • Deodorant;
  • Shaving cream;
  • Disposable razors;
  • Mouthwash.

The items collected will be given directly to the local The Salvation Army and American Red Cross chapters. While the two nonprofits are working to help Duluth flood victims, donations will be beneficial to anyone in need.

If you'd like to make a donation at the Richfield Post Office, label the items: Mike LePree, care of Doreen Hintz. (Hintz is the Richfield Post Office branch manager.)

For more information, contact LePree at 612-349-4700 or Kathy Lundy at 952-403-0303.

Editor's Note: The USPS is not working directly with the American Red Cross to collect the items, however, some items collected will be donated to the nonprofit. The clarification has been noted in the story.


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