The holiday season is in full swing and this time of year, you may be sending or receiving lots of mail.
For the post office in Eau Claire, it is the busiest time of the year.
The United States Postal Service expects to process and deliver more than 16-billion pieces of mail including letters, cards, and packages up until New Year.
“We’re trying to deliver 8 million parcels every Sunday,” said Post Master of Eau Claire, Debbie Haas.
According to USPS, due to online shopping and shipping, they won’t have a busiest day, but project the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week will be Dec. 17-23.
For Haas, the holiday commotion brings her joy.
“It’s a fun stress this time of year because it’s making someone smile every day when you deliver that greeting card to them,” said Haas.
Here are a few tips by USPS to protect your mail and packages:
1. Don’t leave delivered mail and packages unattended. Just as wallets and purses shouldn’t be left on the front seat of an unlocked car overnight, mail and packages shouldn’t be left uncollected in mailboxes or on front porches for any length of time.
2. Going out of town? Hold mail at a local Post Office. Instead of risking leaving a package unattended for an extended period of time, customers planning on being away from home for a few days are encouraged to take advantage of the Request Hold Mail service. Letters and packages will be held securely at the customer’s local Post Office until they return.
3. Plan ahead. Ship using Hold for Pickup. When shipping a package, customers can choose the Hold for Pickup option and the recipient can collect the packages at their local Post Office. For customers receiving packages, they can redirect incoming packages to their local Post Office by selecting Hold for Pickup using USPS Package Intercept.
4. Customize the delivery. If the package doesn’t fit in the mailbox and the customer won’t be home to receive it, the customer can provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location.
If you want to send a package within the U.S. before Christmas, the recommended date to do so is by Dec. 20th.