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Mail packages as early as possible

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Postal carriers throughout the United States carry more than 20 billion pieces of holiday mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s a lot of holiday loot. To ensure packages reach destinations by Christmas, the United States Postal Service encourages people to get their gifts and other items in the mail early.”We always expect an avalanche of packages at the last minute,” said USPS spokesperson for Western Colorado and Wyoming Al DeSarro. “I would recommend mailing as early as possible.”Mailing early will save on postage costs, convenience and help the packages arrive in time. The USPS expects the busiest mailing day of the holiday season to be Monday, Dec. 18, and the busiest delivery day to be Wednesday, Dec. 20.”Our biggest concern is with the weather,” DeSarro said. “The weather is always the one factor that can make the package arrive late. That’s why we say mail early.”For domestic U.S. destinations, packages should be mailed no later than Wednesday, Dec. 20, and for in-state destinations packages should be mailed no later than Thursday, Dec. 21. However, Express mail will still be available for mailing packages after these dates to most major metro destinations.If mailing overseas to recipients such as military personnel, packages should be mailed by Monday, Dec. 11. Express mail for overseas destination will be available until Dec. 19.Currently, the Glenwood Springs Post Office is running smoothly according to DeSarro, but they do expect things to pick up quickly.”The managers anticipate things to get really busy next week,” he said.The Glenwood Springs Post Office is looking to fill six temporary positions for the influx of holiday mail.With all of the online shopping available today, a large percentage of people wait until the last minute to buy and ship gifts, causing an increase in demand as the holidays draw near as well. DeSarro advises people to take advantage of the “Click-N-Ship” option on the USPS Web site.”It’s so easy and it saves you inconvenience of having to go to the post office,” DeSarro said.Postal carriers will pick up packages at the doorstep of residences and businesses. Anyone with an Internet connection, a printer, a weight scale and a credit card can easily go online and fill out the proper forms for pick up.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 16604jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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