Mail carriers embrace the holiday rush with Sunday deliveries

Mail carrier delivering packages (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) — It’s crunch time for the U.S. Post Office with only three days left to make sure your packages make it to their destinations on time.

“Very busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Justin Smith, a mail carrier with the Kettering Post Office.

Postal carriers like Justin Smith are making Sunday deliveries because of the holiday rush.

“We appreciate the business. It means we’re doing what our customers want,” stated Smith.

“Since Thanksgiving, we’ve had a non-stop increase in parcels,” stated Jamie Huff, manager at the Kettering Post Office.

Carriers have been delivering seven days a week for the past four weeks.

The post office reports nationwide 15.7 billion packages, letters, and parcels will be sent out this time of year.

“You definitely prepare mentally as well as physically for the weather conditions and what you’re going to be going into,” admitted Smith.

This year is Jamie Huff’s 30th Christmas with the postal service. She said she’s used to the holiday workload.

“It’s something that when you’re hired at the post office. You know that this is going to be a heavy time of the year,” stated Huff.

From cards, to gift boxes, to letters, Smith delivers it all during Christmas time.

“It’s many different types of packages, and we take pride in doing our job,” beamed Smith.

Huff said carriers are delivering anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 packages a day from the Kettering Post Office alone.

“The reward is the job in itself,” said Smith.

“When you hear the stories, when you hear the customers who call and say you know this is my grandson’s package, and I’ve got to have it there and you delivered it in two days and he’s so happy. You know that makes it all worth the while,” smiled Huff. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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