USPS joins Santa to help make those holidays bright
Dates to remember for timely delivery
Employees with the U.S. Post Office are joining up with Santa to make sure an estimated 750 million packages are delivered to recipients in time for the Christmas holiday this year.
Glorinda Jackson, postmaster at the Monett facility, urges area residents to get those holiday cards and packages in the mail early to avoid delays in delivery.
“We will be having Sunday delivery through Amazon through Christmas,” Jackson said. “Area residents expecting packages might anticipate a knock on their doors Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon. And local carriers may be out delivering well after dark during the weeks leading up to Christmas.”
Jackson said package delivery has increased from about 50 items per day to nearly 150.
“Packages are getting a lot bulkier,” Jackson said. “We’ve had things like 50 pounds of dog food, bulk bathroom tissue and other large items coming through the system. Sometimes it takes a carrier two trips to get all of the mail delivered.”
In addition, postal workers will help get those letters to the North Pole in time for Santa Claus to review and check to make sure the sender is on the “good” list.
“We will accept letters for delivery to the North Pole,” Jackson said. “We want everyone to have their packages and letters delivered in time for a happy holiday.”
Deadline for first class mail is Tuesday, but procrastinators can still choose priority delivery by Dec. 20. For those cutting it really close to the wire, express priority mail should be posted by Dec. 22.
“For military personnel to receive their holiday packages, they can be mailed to APO/FPO addresses by express mail if they are posted by Saturday,” Jackson said.
Senders can also track their packages as they travel across country or around the world.
“With priority mail, senders receive $50 insurance free of charge,” Jackson said. “With express mail, they receive $100 of insurance.”
Packages may be shipped by flat rate, by weight or by destination.
Items that cannot be shipped include aerosols, chemicals, ammunition and alcohol. For a full list of restricted items, visit www.usps.com/ship/shipping-restrictions.
No more than three ounces of perfume may be mailed, and anything rehiring lithium batteries should have those installed prior to shipping. Photos should be labeled “Do Not Bend,” and perishable items should be clearly marked.
“We are getting busier as Christmas draws near,” Jackson said. “But we are working hard to make sure everyone’s holidays are happier.”