TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- It's all hands on deck at your local post office this Monday. Postal workers are expecting an avalanche of cards, letters. and packages on what they're calling the busiest mailing day of the year.
Nearly three times as many letters and packages will go out that day as usual, a 12% jump over last year, according to USPS estimates.
If you don't want to face the crowd, though, you don't have to. The postal service says you can ship from home using usps.gov and even save a some money. They point out prices are up to 11% lower online.
“We encourage our customers to get those cards and packages in the mail as soon as possible, and to take advantage of time and money saving options, like shipping packages online at usps.com,” said Topeka Postmaster Sam Gonzales.
To help handle the crush, the Topeka Gage Center Station and Hicrest Station will stay open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, December 14, and next Saturday, December 21.
But if you wait until next Saturday, it might not make it on time. The post office recommends you send any First Class Mail by Dec. 20 if you expect it to get there in time. If you miss that though, you have until Dec. 21 for Priority Mail and until Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express.
If you're sending overseas, Global Express Guaranteed is available through Dec. 18 (Dec. for Canada).
The post office expects to handle 420 million packages during the holidays. Overall, it says nearly 15 billion cards, letters, and packages will be sent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.