Last minute gifts pack the post office

Maryland

As we inch closer to Christmas, it’s getting to be crunch time for people to get their gifts wrapped, and sent off to loved ones that are out of town. 

“We are bringing in our carriers earlier, our clerks are coming in earlier to adjust to the amount we are receiving this time of the year,” said Postmaster David Fowler. 
 
Since most of us save the wrapping for the final hours, the week before Christmas is the most hectic time of the year for post offices. Even knowing that, people like Tina Bradshaw wait, but this time she was lucky. 

“I was very shocked today, there was no line at all it was the first in many,” said Bradshaw. 

Fowler says a whole rack of people came in yesterday to get their items in before today, which was the last day for First Class and Priority mail, but there’s still time. 

“Our Express, which is next day delivery, would be the 23rd, would be our last day to accept that,” said Fowler. 

As people hurry to ship their gifts last minute the post office has a few steps they follow and want you to follow as those gifts hit your doorsteps. 

“When they are delivering the packages make sure they are putting them behind a chair so they aren’t in plain site. If they know something is coming, they can contact the post office and we’ll hold it here,” said Fowler. 

Throughout the entire country, the United States Postal Service is scheduled to deliver around three billion pieces of mail this week, so when you see your mail carrier be sure to wish them a happy holidays. 

The Hagerstown post offices will be open until noon on Christmas Eve. 

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