Busy Day at the Post Office
Monday is one of the busiest shipping days of the year for the US Postal Service, as deadlines approach to get gifts to loved ones by Christmas Day.
The USPS estimates it will ship more than 600 million pieces of mail on Monday. With a short period between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, they've been averaging more than 500 million per day this season.
"I've been here 3 years, and this is one of the heaviest mailing days of our season," said Ryan Gibson, manager of the Greenville post office on Orchard Park Drive. "We have 4 clerks working at the window...and two assistants helping with your mail needs."
Sherri Allred came in Monday to ship about 20 packages to customers of her Etsy online store. She makes handmade items including scarves, pillows and clothes for babies.
"It started about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving, I've been really busy. I've been shipping 20-25 packages a day," said Allred.
Even those who were just dropping by for stamps said it was a busy day.
"It was hard just trying to find a parking spot to get in," said Kevin Smith. "Luckily I didn't have to stand in line, I was just using the machine today."
Tuesday is the deadline for shipping to APO/FPO military addresses overseas. For a list of USPS shipping deadlines for Christmas, click here.