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December 18, 2006
Albany-- Monday was the last day to use regular shipping to get gifts to loved ones in time for Christmas. Many made it just in time to get those packages from point A to point B on the busiest mailing day of the year.
Machines are moving furiously at post offices all over the United States. Post office workers are moving just as fast. It's the result of the holiday hustle and bustle. Long lines of people filled the post office as many tried to beat the holiday deadline.
"They say today's the last day so I had to make a move today," said Karen Johnson.
Karen Johnson found herself at Albany's main post office, addressing a big box to send all the way to Norfolk, Virginia.
"I'm trying to send my son, his wife and my grandbaby Christmas gifts," said Johnson. She's looking forward to them receiving the gifts but she's not looking forward to the line.
"No, and that's my fault. I should have been here early," said Johnson. But she's not the only one who waited until the last minute.
"Aww, it's busy. Nationwide we're going to do about 900 million pieces of mail today," said Post Office General Manager David Gunnoe. That includes 280-million holiday cards, letters and packages. Thousands will be moved from the Good Life City. You can call these postal workers with their hats and antlers post office elves this Christmas.
"While everybody sleeps, we process the mail," said Gunnoe. The busiest mailing day of the year is something the postal service prepares for.
"I see efficiency. I see the postal service getting really efficient. We can move a lot more mail quite a bit faster than a few years ago," said Gunnoe.
Johnson is thankful for that. The post office helps to bridge the gap between her and her family.
"I'm very thankful because if it wasn't for that I would have to either wait until I see them which would be this summer or them not get anything," said Johnson. But she had to pay the price.
"Bite the dust and stay in line," said Johnson. It was worth it. She was out of the door pretty quickly. For postal workers however, the real work is just beginning.
You can still get your holiday packages to loved ones by paying a little more. First class should be sent by the 20th and express mail by December 23rd. Express mail packages will be delivered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The busiest delivery day for the US Postal Service will be Wednesday the 20th.