Monday, December 18, 2000

Last day to mail for Christmas

Postal Service open extra hours

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring ... except the U.S. Postal Service?

 Some delivery options for that deadline-pushing gift.
  U.S. Postal Service
  Suggested domestic mailing deadlines:
  • Priority mail: Today.
  • Express mail next-day: Saturday.
  UPS guarantees delivery dates only for Next Day Air and Worldwide Express shipments for the next week.
  Mail those by Saturday; some delivery areas may not be available.
  FedEx Express
  • Some Priority Overnight Delivery service is available Saturday for delivery Sunday; otherwise mail Friday.
  Sources: U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS
        That's right. The Postal Service has been open Sundays for the past two weeks, has extended hours Saturdays and will even deliver Express Mail on Christmas Day -- all to serve frantic customers so easily tempted by FedEx and UPS.

        But it's done about all it can to help packages and cards arrive at doorsteps nationwide before Christ mas. Now it's up to you.

        Express Mail can still be sent this week, but the postal service has set today as a suggested deadline for priority mail.

        Despite the extended hours, lines were short at the Oakley post office Sunday. Still, clerk Karen Glover said she expects plenty more business today.

        Cathy Cebulski-Sacco, a Hyde Park resident who was boxing packages Sunday to send to New Jersey, said she was grateful the post office was open.

        “It makes life a little easier,” she said.

        Ms. Cebulski-Sacco had a lot of room to spread out and bubble-wrap some gifts and to tape packages.

        “It's quiet,” she said. “I think a lot of people don't know about it.”

        John Neumann of Pleasant Ridge was in the Oakley office Sunday mailing Cincinnati Aglamesis Brothers chocolates to some friends who just moved to Michigan.

        “I'm glad this was open because we're so behind this year,” he said.

        But crunch time is upon the rest of Greater Cincinnati.

        Ms. Grover's mailing advice: “Get it in as soon as possible.”


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