SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Post offices across the country sell the Breast Cancer Research stamps year round, but during the month of October, they all step it up to raise awareness about the disease.
The post office on Highway 49 in Gulfport is decked out in pink. Throughout the month, employees will wear pink t-shirts and hand out cookies, cupcakes and candy to customers in an attempt to sell as many of the stamps as possible to raise money research.
"I have a friend up north, in New York, a school teacher that had breast cancer. It's important to everybody. You got to support what helps everybody out," said Randy Hopkins of Gulfport.
For the past three years, Mississippi has ranked number one in sales of the Breast Cancer Research stamps. Since the campaign began in 1998, it has raised over $81 million.
Funds go to support the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.
"It's wonderful. Everybody wants to give. It's our opportunity to give back to something that everyone has been impacted by," said Gulfport Postmaster Larry Delahunt. "I don't think there's anyone you know that hasn't been impacted by someone with breast cancer, so it's personal and dear to almost everyone, including here at the post office,"