Busiest Day of the Year is Just Another Part of the Job for Coast Postal Workers

Only seven days left until Christmas and that means it's crunch time for United States Postal Service. Each day post offices around the country handle about 680 million cards, letters and packages. On Monday customers were expected to drive that number up by about 200 million, making it the busiest day of the year. Some workers at the Main Street branch of the Biloxi post office say during the holidays it's not uncommon to have 10 to 20 people walk in at once, and the customers keep them on their toes.

"Hectic and crazy," said postal worker Amy Hankins."It's just we know Christmas comes every year. The same day year after year. So as long as I work at the post office, it's just part of my job."

Biloxi postal officials say walk-in traffic usually boosts revenues eight to twelve percent. To better service the extra customers, some employees work longer hours sorting mail and trying to make sure holiday cards and gifts get where they're going in time for Christmas.

Biloxi postmaster Mike Bertucci said "We staff heavy at this time of the year as far as our window area up here, and we try to get our customers through the line as soon as possible "

Some customers say before they came in they were concerned about how long they'd spend in line but their worries, and the lines quickly disappeared.

"Very quick and very professional," said customerLarry McCrann. "I was well taken care of. "

To make your trip to the post office in less timeworkers suggest getting packages be ready for mailing before getting to the window.

by Danielle Thomas