Northwest NEWS

December 7, 1998

Home & Garden

Mail early and on Sundays

Postal customers are advised to get a jump on their holiday mailing schedule by placing Christmas cards and other holiday messages in blue collection boxes throughout Western Washington by 4 p.m. the two Sundays before Christmas.

   On an average day from October through December, the Postal Service receives about 100 million letters and cards nationwide. This number is expected to increase to 150 million a day from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31.

   The most obvious way to beat the rush is to Mail Early. On Monday, Dec. 14, the USPS expects to postmark approximately 280 million cards and letters. Monday, Dec. 21, will also be a busy mail day. The busiest delivery days for cards and letters will be Wednesday, Dec. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 23.

   Another important way to beat the Monday rush is to Mail on Sundays. On the two Sundays before Christmas (Dec. 13 and 20), customers can deposit cards and letters locally in blue collection boxes. Mail deposited on these Sundays will be picked up, postmarked, processed, and sent on its way Sunday night, getting a full 24-hour head start on Monday's heavy volume.

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