Local USPS offers Sunday hours on Dec. 16
HUNTINGTON - Downtown Huntington’s post office on Veterans Memorial Boulevard will have extra hours Sunday, Dec. 16, so folks can ship packages, cards and letters to Santa for the holiday season.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the busiest for the U.S. Postal Service and those with mailing and shipping needs,” said Tad Kelley, a communications spokesman for the Appalachian District of the U.S. Postal Service.
To assist customers, several post offices in the Appalachian District will offer full-service retail Sunday hours Dec. 16 for the holiday mailing season.
“We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows,” Kelley said. “In select locations, we have expanded our retail hours to include this Sunday.”
The downtown Huntington post office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
“This is the first time we have ever had Sunday hours for the holiday season,” said Huntington Postmaster Tracy Gross. “It will operate the same as any other day in the week.”
The Postal Service anticipates Monday, Dec. 17, will be its busiest day online, with more than 8 million consumers predicted to visit USPS.com for help shipping that special holiday gift.
“The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season,” Kelley said.
He said throughout the Appalachian District, which includes Huntington, the Postal Service is seeing heavier package volumes but is ready to deliver them.
“Our dedicated employees are proud to serve our customer needs at our retail outlets and to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper,” Kelley said.
Other West Virginia post offices offering Sunday holiday hours include the Charleston post office from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the 1000 block of Lee Street East; from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hurricane post office; from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Albans post office; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beckley post office; from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarksburg post office; from 9 a.m. to noon at the Morgantown post office; and from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martinsburg post office.
Kelley added that consumers don’t have to leave home to ship their packages. They can simply visit USPS.com.
“It’s predicted nearly 105 million consumers will visit the website before New Year’s Day,” he said. “The website USPS.com is always open.”
Kelley also urged consumers to check out “Informed Delivery,” which is the Postal Service’s free daily digital preview of what’s coming to the mailbox.
“This holiday season, not only can customers manage packages and sneak a peek at cards headed their way, they can also see some exterior images of magazines and catalogs - all from a mobile app, dashboard, tablet or computer,” he said.
The Postal Service also offers shipping tips in 10 video “how to” guides on its website. Each video is less than three minutes long and shows customers how to address packages, ship packages and pack a box so items arrive safely.
For more information about the Postal Service, visit USPS.com.
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