October was National Breast Cancer Awareness month so as an incentive to increase awareness as well as raising funds for cancer research, the Post Office put out a challenge and a prize to all window clerks in Alaska for the person selling the most Breast Cancer Stamps during the month. "I figured I'd give it a try, but I was really surprised to win because I was competing with window clerks all over the state including Anchorage and I just figured that living in Soldotna in such a small area that I really didn't have much of a chance but this is one of my favorite charities and I wanted to give it a shot," said Steve Adams. Adams is well know as Soldotna's Bagpiper and makes many appearances throughout the year at a variety of civic events, he also has one of the most unique neck tie collections anywhere and is proud to wear them.
When asked how he managed to sell more Breast Cancer Stamps than any other clerk in Alaska, Steve replied, "I would stoop to any level, I asked every single customer that I waited on, even if they were only picking up a package and had no intention of spending any money, I asked every one to buy stamps." Additionally, several businesses in the local area also helped out, "Everyone knows Mike Sweeney, and I'd say Mike bought at least five or six hundred stamps during the month, and I doubt if he'll be needing to buy any stamps during the year because I'm sure he is overloaded," added Adams.
The special edition stamp is called a semi-postal stamp that sells for forty-five cents, which means that eight cents of each stamp was designated to go directly for breast cancer research. According to Adam's the goal for Alaska's district was to raise $20,000 and he was happy to say that Alaska exceeded their goal and sent $22,000 directly for cancer research. Nationally the Post Office has raised some $30 million dollars toward breast cancer research over the past five years. Adam's sold a total of 16,760 stamps from his window at the Soldotna Post Office, "That's a lot of stamps," added Steve. Not only was Adam's the number one postal clerk in the state, Jeff Avery, a part time clerk took second-place among the part time clerks.
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