Wednesday marked the busiest day of the year for the men and women who carry mail in the United States. The U.S. Postal Service estimates a billion cards letters and packages were delivered. That's 300 million more than a usual day.
And as KKTV discovered, the postal workers don't seem to mind the extra load. They left their headquarters with their trucks and satchels overflowing with holiday mail. But they say it was no burden---delivering the mail this time of year is a pleasure.
Kelvin Huggins relishes his route this time of year. "Instead of all the bills, now it's a lot of Christmas cards, and people look forward to that." Huggins makes good time. Each of his 460 stops takes only about a minute.
The thousands of extra cards in his bag today will leave a lasting impression. Freda Gannon couldn't wait to read her mail. In the batch was a card from a friend she hasn't seen in 20 years. "Although time and miles drift apart, I still remember you and all the fun we had when we had each other," she reads. "Ah, that's wonderful."
Smiles are commonplace at mailboxes these days. Mary Lichlyter found hers full of good cheer. "I save them until after Christmas and them I look at 'em again and read all the letters and I just thank God that I have all these friends who think about me."
Postal workers say 9/11 reduced the flow of holiday cards for a couple of years. But they say this year's volume shows things are finally returning to normal.
If you want your cards and packages to reach their destinations by Christmas, the U.S. Post office has these recommended mailing guidelines:
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Source: www.usps.com (Unites States Postal Service Web site) contributed to this report.
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