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USPS encourages use of BCA stamps

Andalusia Postmaster Diane Childers recently sent business customers a letter encouraging them to abandon their postage meters and use Breast Cancer Awareness stamps during the month of October to help raise funds for research.

“We have a number of businesses that are participating,” she said.

The stamps, which were introduced in 1998, cost 15 cents more than a regular first class postage stamp. In the past 20 years, the Post Office has raised more than $86 million for research through this effort. Seventy percent of the proceeds is given to the National Institute of Health and the remaining 30 percent goes to the Department of Defense, all for breast cancer research.

As a reminder, the Post Office lobby also is decorated in pink.