Post Office Braces for Holiday Rush

Post Office Braces for Holiday Rush

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(KSL News) – The post office is bracing for 20-billion cards and letters this holiday season.

Post Office Braces for Holiday Rush

So they want to make sure your packages don't end up like this. They're asking people to try and not re-use boxes. And certainly don't wrap your items in dish towels like this person did.

The mailing experts say spend a few dollars on a new box, and pad the gift in case it shifts inside the box. Leave at least 2-inches on all sides. Stuff that space with packing peanuts, paper, or bubble wrap, so it can absorb the impact of another package.

Thelxi Hauenstein/U.S. Postal Service: "Because we accept packages weighing up to 70 pounds your package must be able to absorb that much weight if the packages shift in transit -- which they do."

If you're mailing within the U.S. the post office says get there by December 15th. After that you'll have to use Priority or Express Mail.

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