Post offices packed for the holidays

Posted at 7:24 AM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 09:20:24-05

Stacks of huge boxes and last minute Christmas cards- a common sight at the post office today. Even though it's a Sunday, they're open.

"We've opened the past three Sundays because we knew people were going to be out and about shopping and buying those Christmas gifts and packages,” Sabrina Todd with the U.S. Postal Service said. “And we're making it efficient for them to come and mail them off."

There are a lot of packages that need to be delivered.

"Eight packages," Beth Janick said.

"Three packages,” Eve Brown said. “Two to Canada, one to Texas."

"One for my son," Delphine Storay said.

These holiday hours have made it convenient for everyone.

"I hustled myself together and got my last packages here,” Eve Brown said. “So I'm truly delighted that it's open."

"I was thrilled,” Beth Janick said. “It was a huge help to have the extra hours to get things ready to send gifts off to family."
And if you haven't mailed out all of your gifts yet be prepared because Monday is the busiest day of the year at the post office.

"Not just for people coming into the post office but as well they're going to be going online to,” Todd said. “It's the last real weekend people can shop before Christmas."

You can expect lines out the door. But you can prepare in advance by making sure the packages are properly wrapped and secured. Label the address properly. And you should also expect a wait.

"Be patient,” Todd said. “We're here, we're ready to get it taken care of. We know the lines are long, but we're ready and we're going to meet them. This is our season. We're going to deliver holiday cheer for all of our customers."

There aren’t any estimates on how many gifts have shipped from Lansing at this time. However, Todd said nationwide they’ve seen an increase in activity. She estimates 750 million packages are shipped nationwide this holiday season.