One major shipping deadline over for post office, what's next?
The United States Postal Service is kicking into high gear. It's the busiest mailing day of the year. Millions of packages and letters will hit the post office Monday.
"This is the day we see the most cards, letters and packages delivered," says Sean Hargadon, USPS spokesman.
Nationally, the post office expects to process 610 million pieces of mail today. One mailing deadline has already come and gone.
Monday, December 15th was the last day for standard mail. That means in order for your packages to arrive by Christmas you will need to upgrade your shipping.
December 20th, Saturday, is the last day for priority mail.
December 23rd, Christmas Eve eve will be the last day for priority express mail.
Rockford letter carrier Kelly Pruka says there are already so many packages for a single block she has to make multiple trips.
"I can't fit them all in my satchel. It's not just the quantity of packages sometimes they are just too big, too heavy, what not," says Pruka.
Shipping gifts has proven to be big businesses for the postal services. They expect the number of holiday packages shipped this year to be up 14-percent. For letter carriers they have no complaints about the extra work it means a secure job.
If you are worried about a package being stolen, employees say you can make arraignments for the post office to hold it. Or they say you can talk to your letter carrier about where there is a safe place to deliver at your home.