With spring just around the corner, it’s time to freshen up the outside of homes and businesses. Randal Bond, owner of East of Eden Landscaping, recently did just that to the Smithville Post Office grounds.
“The post office has been a bastion since the Revolutionary War that this country has depended on,” said Bond. “Recently because of expenditure cuttage and different things, post offices don’t have the personnel or resources to be able to facilitate their needs. I’m in the private sector, which I feel like in times when we need to step forward in our communities enhance what the government can’t provide. Especially in times of dire need.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s cost-cutting changes last year caused a necessary change in hours and found many post offices short of staff.
The local post office is a place where everyone visits whether often or occasionally.
“I feel like that the post office is an ensemble of your community it’s like the old general store in that people come and go,” said Bond. “I think that now, in a small town, that people will pass through more than any other entity especially government entity. Due to COVID and our year long struggle of possibly being depressed and under the struggles we’ve went through I just felt like it was nice for people to be able to see something revitalized, especially in the spring. To where they might have a better outlook going forward.”
Helping and giving back to your local community, post office or what or whomever it may be is a selfless action. Our community has proven time and time again how giving its residents are.
“I firmly believe that my family has always felt that everyone should plant a tree that they never sit under,” added Bond. “And that is why that I feel like by donating this I feel like the enjoyment people get out of it will be far well the cost and hopefully they’ll go into a nice facility and it look nice and they get some joy out of it.”
Cutline: East of Eden owner Randall Bond and daughter, Scarlett Peaches, are pictured at the Smithville Post Office he recently donated and landscaped the grounds.