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Holiday rush

USPS prepares for busiest week

Priority Mail packages on doorstep
USPS expects to deliver about 800 million packages this holiday season.

The Postal Service’s busiest week of the holiday season is about to begin.

The organization predicts it will deliver almost 2.5 billion pieces of mail — including more than 28 million packages per day — from Dec. 16-21.

Overall, USPS plans to deliver about 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, with more than 8 million package deliveries expected each Sunday in December.

Employees say they’re ready.

“I enjoy taking great care of my customers throughout the year, and it’s extra special during Christmas when I deliver Christmas cards and presents and I see kids’ faces light up with smiles of excitement,” said Tulsa, OK, Letter Carrier Sheldon Gore.

In addition to serving customers at Post Offices, USPS is preparing for a rush online, too.

The organization predicts will have its busiest day of the season Dec. 16, when the site is expected to receive 8.5 million visitors, up more than 6 percent from last year.

This includes almost 400,000 customers who will use the Click-N-Ship feature and other online services to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and request free next-day Package Pickup.

No matter what the week brings, many employees said they’ll give customers the best service possible.

“Making a customer smile is one of the best rewards of the holiday season,” said Marla Basque, a Layton, UT, retail associate.

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