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November 27, 2007

Postal workers ready to deliver

Mail volume could reach 1 billion at peak

DANVILLE — The day after Thanksgiving wasn’t busy at the post office, according to Donna Lujajohnson, officer in charge at the Danville Post Office.

People were shopping and not yet thinking about mailing cards and packages.

But starting this week and running until Christmas, she expects the post office to be a bustling place.

“We’re pretty busy,” Lujajohnson said Monday morning. “It’s picked up today.”

More mailing services, however, also are offered on the Internet.

She said even though holiday stamps have been available since October, now is when business picks up and more people start thinking about mailing those holiday wishes and presents.

Also according to the U.S. Postal Service, the surge in military personnel sent to Iraq is contributing to an overall increase in overseas mail delivery by almost 200 percent, and average volume will quadruple during the peak holiday week.

The last recommended date for mail going to the war zone is Dec. 4, but for mail destined to all other international military installations, the deadline is Dec. 19.

Lujajohnson said today is the deadline for space available mail for international mail going to Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) ZIP codes.

This is for military mail flown when there is space available and it’s at a cheaper rate, she said.

All military mail, regardless of destination, is sent by domestic mail rate. International rates do not apply to military mail delivery.

“Mail Call can be the best part of the day for our deployed military service members, especially around the holidays. With more of our young men and women serving overseas, making sure their mail arrives on time is important to all of us,” said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Bashon Mann, in a U.S. Postal Service press release.

The Postal Service is expecting to deliver 20 million pounds of mail to military installations around the world this holiday season. The second week of December should be the busiest week for overseas delivery. Mail to Iraq alone during this period is expected to increase more than 400 percent over the average weekly volume.

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