Postal Workers Doing Double Duty on Busiest Mail Delivery Day of the Year - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/17/03

Postal Workers Doing Double Duty on Busiest Mail Delivery Day of the Year

More letters and packages come through here on this day than any other day of the year. For postal workers it's their biggest delivery day. And for Lubbock residents time is running out to get those last minute gifts to their destinations. 

Holiday Shipping
Find out the best way to shave some cents or calculate your postage here in this special holiday Post Office section.
More >>

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but for postal workers like Victor Roberson it's the busiest time of the year. "I like everything about it," says Roberson.

"Well this is the busiest carrying day and the busiest mailing day was Monday so that means all the letters and stuff are hitting now so that means the carrier is the busiest," says Steve Olguin, of the USPS.

With almost double the workload, mail carriers from Monterey Station deliver more than 60,000 letters, Christmas cards and packages in a single day. "A lot of packages you can't carry in your mailbag and you take directly to the door in the truck and drop them off one at a time so it takes a bit longer," says Roberson.

Meanwhile, back at the post office, it's a race against the clock as residents dashaway dashaway, dashaway, to get Christmas gifts delivered on time. "I'm Just mailing a package to Georgia," says resident, Ashley Hoffman. "I am getting the very last of the Christmas packages in the mail," says Marilyn Brown. 

Even Santa himself felt the need to help with the Yuletide rush. "Little kids they love it and they're totally amazed," says Postal Worker, Terry Foster, who dresses up as Santa Claus each year.  Every year Foster puts on his Santa hat and red coat to bring smiles to customers of all ages during the holidays and is sometimes mistaken for the real thing or is he? Has anyone pulled on his beard? "All the time, yeah, it is real," says Foster.

 But whether he's the real Santa or not doesn't matter. He says it's all part of the job. "This is my way of my present to the customers," says Foster.

If you still plan on mailing cards and packages postal officials recommend you mail everything priority at least this week. If you wait until next week you'll have to mail everything express to make sure it gets there before Christmas.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

    Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-05-22 01:12:35 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:34:05 GMT
    Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine.

    Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine.

  • Asian markets mostly lower after Wall Street gains

    Asian markets mostly lower after Wall Street gains

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:12 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:12:11 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:33 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:33:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this May 10, 2018, file photo, the opening bell hangs above the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 21.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this May 10, 2018, file photo, the opening bell hangs above the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 21.
    Stocks are climbing on Wall Street and overseas after the U.S. and China said they made progress in trade talks.
    Stocks are climbing on Wall Street and overseas after the U.S. and China said they made progress in trade talks.
  • US demands wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal

    US demands wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:52:00 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:33 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:33:19 GMT
    fasfdafasfda

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration's strategy for constraining Iran's nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump's withdrawal...

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration's strategy for constraining Iran's nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

Powered by Frankly