Don't delay! The deadline to ship your Christmas gifts is approaching

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"The holidays are a busy and rewarding time for our employees as they work around the clock for their customers to ensure all holiday cards and packages are processed and delivered on-time", said Kowalski.

The US Postal Service anticipates about 850 million packages will be delivered this holiday season. "We ask customers that are expecting a package to please turn on their porch light so our letter carriers can deliver safely". During the two week stretch leading into Christmas, the Postal Service expects to deliver almost 200 million packages per week. Our carriers are also making early morning and evening deliveries. During this week, almost 3 billion pieces of First Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.

Six Hawaii post offices will be open Sunday, but there will otherwise be no extended retail hours at Hawaii post offices this season.

- The holiday shipping deadlines are upon us!

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Using correct addressing, packaging gifts well and mailing by recommended deadline dates can help ensure holiday wishes are received by loved-ones by December 25.

Saturday the 16th is for Military Priority Express. Customers can sign up for free at informeddelivery.com to see what packages are in route and to receive daily emails showing what mail will be delivered.

The Postal Service predicts that Monday, Dec. 18, will be the busiest mailing and shipping day of the year.

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