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Santa's parcel helpers were overloaded this year

Joe Carr is still waiting for his 17-year-old son's Christmas present Joe Carr is still waiting for his 17-year-old son's Christmas present

Even though Christmas is over, some people are still waiting for their packages to arrive via UPS or Fed-ex. Online shopping has dramatically increased and UPS says the demand was much greater than they expected.     

UPS officials are apologizing for the delay of some deliveries.

In the meantime, Moultrie resident Joe Carr says he's still waiting for his 17-year-old son's Christmas present to arrive.  

Carr doesn't usually shop online during the holidays, but his 17-year-old son asked for something specific this Christmas, so Car looked to the web to find it.  

His son Max is an avid skateboarder and wanted some new decks. Car found a great deal online, only he's still waiting to get them.   "My package originated in Henderson, Nevada, the last I saw it left out of Phoenix, Arizona, the 24th when it was supposed to arrive here and other than that I have no clue where its at. Its somewhere between Phoenix, Arizona and Moultrie, Georgia."  

Carr says his package was set to arrive on Christmas Eve, and although he's disappointed, he understands it's a busy time of year.  

"Unfortunately it didn't make it, but I understand that this time of year is the busiest time of year for carriers. I'm really not going to place a blame on them. It would have been nice if I could of gave this to him so he could of opened it up on Christmas day but he's a big boy, he's seventeen, he understands."    

Officials with UPS say because of the high demand they actually had workers sorting packages at their international hub in Kentucky on Christmas day, and they hope to have all of their late deliveries taken care of by the end of the day.   Carr says he'll try ordering his packages a little earlier next year.    

"I will definitely shop online in the future, one thing that I will change, is I will start my shopping a little bit sooner."   Georgia is just one of more than a half dozen states that were affected by the delays.  UPS has also rented U-haul trucks to help with deliveries.     

Carr says he did have a few other gifts ready to give his son on Christmas Day.


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