Extra postal staff working long hours to deliver 620 million items

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Monday was the busiest mail day of the year, and it appears it’s also on track to be the busiest ever.

So, the local post office folks have some advice for you.

“We are expecting nationwide to see upwards of 620 million packages of mail, including packages, Christmas cards. The whole shebang," said Mark Reynolds, a Chicago district spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service.

Not as busy as Santa, but they're moving mail about the country as fast as he is.

"It’s gonna be our busiest day of the year, but it's only a drop in the bucket to the 15 billion we're gonna be handling all month," Reynolds said.

And Chicagoans may set a record.

"Already we're seeing more than we thought we were going to see," he added.

So, the post office has hired 1000 extra workers and is delivering some packages earlier than usual.

"You may see your letter carrier while you're getting dressed for work. There may be somebody bringing you a package before you leave for work!" Reynolds said.

Bottom line, the deadline is approaching to send and save.

"We want everybody to mail things first class by Friday. By Monday, it's going priority. After next Monday, you're thinking about priority mail express," said Reynolds.

He says it's going to be a record year, with a possible 15 percent increase over last year. And if you wrap gifts, they may not look so good when they arrive at their location.

For more info, go to USPS.com

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