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Dec 20, 2010 7:44 PM by Shawn Kline

Busiest Mail Day of the year

Shipping last minute items? If you did you're not alone.
The US Postal Service estimates more than 800-million cards, packages and letters were sent on Monday-- making it the busiest mailing day of the year.
"The carriers (Monday) are taking 3 to 4 times as many parcels as they normally have on a given day," Lafayette Postmaster Sarah Augustine said.
"I didn't want them to get (their Christmas gifts) too early." Mail sender, Abbie Lambert said. "So maybe (if they arrive) the day before would be perfect."
Lambert, like many of us, battled the Monday afternoon lines to send some last minute gifts and cards.
"(Cutting it) really close, extremely close." Lambert says, "(it's the) busiest day of the year."
Some customers waiting nearly an hour just to get a few stamps. Augustine says the widespread use of internet is cutting down the volume of letters and cards.
"We do see some up-tick in cards and letters but not as much as we used to see," Augustine said.
The main focus, now on packages for USPS.
"Nobody's figured out a way to beam a package across the country." Augustine says, "especially not for the price we charge."

If you forgot to send something, it's not too late.
The Post Office says if you're sending a card, you should be ok if you get that in the mail by Wednesday. If you're sending a package, Tuesday could be the last chance for it to arrive in time for Christmas.

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