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Post Office Prepares for Holiday Rush

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This is the busiest time of year for the Post Office, which means that if you have something to ship, you better do it early.

Friday is the deadline for some of your mail if you want to get it there in time for Christmas.

The Post Office expects to ship 365 million packages and 15 billion cards during the holidays. That's a 20 percent increase in shipping volume from last year.

The busiest mailing day for holiday cards and packages will be Monday. Thursday will be the busiest delivery day.

"Well, we're used to it," said Charlottesville Postmaster Jeff Lee. "Every year in December it's just crazy, we call it a crazy time," he said. "It's a great time of year for us to pull some service and with the good clerks and carriers we have it's really just a challenge more or less and we love to do it."   

Friday is the last day to mail a standard rate package and get it there in time for Christmas. You still have until December 21st to send priority mail and December 22nd to send express mail.    

The Post Office off of Route 29 is the only one in the region that's open on Saturdays. It's open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

That Post Office hired a few new employees, like clerks to lessen the lines on Saturday. Lee said for the most part, though, the regular employees are just working harder to make this season run smoothly.

Lee said the types of mail he sees the most this time of year is Christmas cards, Christmas packages, particularly for UVA students, and mail going to area veterans.

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