U.S. Postal Service prepares for holiday rush

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The U.S. Postal Service is expecting to deliver more than 15 billion cards, letters and packages through New Year’s Eve, a 10 percent increase from last year’s volume.

Mike Phelan is one of the millions of Americans shipping gifts this holiday season.

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“I’m deciding who’s been good and who’s been bad,” he said. “Sending some Christmas cash to relatives and family in Chicago, just three or four checks,” said Phelan.

Lydia Holland, a mail clerk for 11 years, enjoys the daily hustle.


“It’s busy. We have a lot more volume. My job is just to get it in and out, or get it out of here,” she said.

Sshe also doesn’t mind the extra hands on deck. The company has hired an additional 30,000 employees nationwide to help out with the holiday season.

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The postal service expects this upcoming Monday, December 14, to be the busiest mailing and shipping day. They also believe it will be the busiest day online with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit their website, making it a record year.

That’s why they want to remind everyone that mailing early is the key to beating the rush not to mention less stressful.

“It’s convenient,” said Phelan.

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