Holidays, pandemic mean busy time for U.S. postal service

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The holidays are the busiest time of year for the United States Postal Service. In order to know gifts will arrive for the holidays, USPS suggest people order as early as possible.

The pandemic has also increased the volume of shipping this year.

“Today I went to the post office and it was really crowded,” Laura Woodason, Terre Haute resident, said. “Like really, really busy.”

Some local post offices, including two in Terre Haute, will be opened on certain Sundays in December to help manage the crowds. Mary Dando, the USPS spokesperson for greater Indiana, said there has been a positive response to Sunday hours.

“Some people just happen upon it as they’re going to their P.O. boxes or they see a crowd at the post office,” she said.

Woodason started ordering Christmas gifts in August so she would get everything in plenty of time.

“It seems like everything is going pretty well,” Woodason said. “Everything I’ve ordered, I’ve got.”

Dando said the most important thing people can do to get packages in time is to put the correct zip code. She said one wrong number can send the mail to the opposite side of the country.

“If you are doubtful about that, you go, again, to USPS.com,” Dando said. “Put in the address and it will generate the zip code.”

Dando said people can send shipping supplies directly to their doors through the website so they do not have to leave their house to mail holiday gifts. Dando also reminds people to look at the holiday shipping deadlines on the website.

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