December 18, 2006
Santa's big day for getting presents under the tree is just days away, but his elves responsible for sending your gifts are showing their stuff now.
It's the busiest shipping day of the year, and customers are feeling the rush for delivery.
"I had a feeling. I do this every year, so I kind of anticipated it," said Postal Customer Jasmine Johnson.
Jasmine Johnson is not the only one making the dash into the neighborhood post office. On Monday, millions of others are walking up to the postal counter to mail letters and ship packages for Christmas.
"It's the busiest mailing day of the year. We're expecting 600,000 pieces of mail to come through today," said Assistant Postmaster Ada Cobbs.
Post offices in Charlottesville and those across the country are expected to process almost 300 million letters, postcards, and boxes.
Angela Paschal did not expect to see long lines, but is happy she got a tip to stop-by the post office early.
"I did hear on the news they needed to be mailed out today, so that is why I came here this morning," said Customer Angela Paschal.
There was a continuous flow of people in line at the post office on Route 29 all day. If all the mail processed on Monday, was placed end to end, the line would wrap around the globe six times.
Ada Cobbs can not shorten that line, but she can shorten the line of people in her post office.
"We do have someone in the lobby helping them fill out forms, and our windows are staffed accordingly to try to help the people get through that line in a timely manner," added Cobbs.
Those who plan to send their mail through priority mail still have a little time. Wednesday is the deadline for that, but of course, it will cost you more.