Mail Out Your Christmas Cards Before Its Too Late

Larry Richert and John Shumway
December 13, 2018 - 10:33 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - If you still have Christmas presents that need to be mailed out, you better hurry.

Tad Kelly, Communications Specialist with the United States Postal Service, joined the KDKA Radio Morning News on Thursday to tell listeners why it’s important to send out your Christmas gifts and cards as soon as possible, so they arrive before December 25th.

If you prefer to use retail ground service, the most economical method, you have about 24 hours to get it done.

"It takes about 5 days or so. You’re going to want to use that by December 14th," Kelly said.

Do not wait until next week to send out your Christmas cards.

"Drop them in a city collection box anywhere around the city. We're going to run collections this Sunday to try and get a jump on that volume of mail that is going to be coming in to our plants on Monday,” Kelly explains.

Priority mail should be sent by December 20th, and that will take two to three days to be delivered.

If you wait until the last minute, priority mail express is a service that ships overnight.   

"You’re going to be able to use that right up until the 22nd. You can mail it on the 24th, but you want to check your local commitments,” Kelly added.

“The unique thing about priority mail express is not only that it’s a guaranteed service, we deliver that product on Christmas day as well.”

The reason for concern has to do with the amount of mail that comes in this time of the year. It is double what they normally see.

"Our average day, when it's not peak season, is about 800,000 pieces daily. This coming week, were going to be over two million a day," Kelly tells KDKA Radio.

If you are sending out a package, here are some tips to prevent anything from happening to it during shipping: 

Use a strong box

Remove bar codes from the box

Pack boxes TIGHT with bubble wrap, newspaper or foam peanuts.

Separate batteries from toys

If you are sending a picture frame, separate the glass from the frame

Use clear, pressure-sensitive tape

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