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Post offices brace for busy day

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LINCOLN, NE- An avalanche of cards and letters are expected to be mailed by Lincolnites on Monday,  Dec. 16, the busiest mailing day of the year.

Fortunately there are many convenient options for Lincoln area postal customers to choose when shipping their holiday cards and packages, including Self-Service Kiosks and online at usps.com.

Lincoln postal officials project a 12 percent increase in the number of packages shipped this holiday season compared to last year, and nearly triple the number of cards and letters on Dec 16 compared to an average day. Fully-staffed Post Offices will greet customers, and postal managers will be in lobbies to answer questions and provide assistance.

Self-Service Kiosks are available in the lobby of four Lincoln Post Offices: Main Post Office at 700 R St., Indian Village Station at 1201 Calvert St, College View Station at 5100 Van Dorn St., and Gateway Station at 5945 R St. The Self-Service Kiosks are easy to use, accept credit and debit cards, and make mailing packages and buying stamps convenient and 24/7.

Those looking to avoid the crowds, and save some time and money, are encouraged to ship from home for the holidays at usps.com where prices are up to 11 percent lower than Post Offices, and customers can request a free pickup of their packages by their letter carrier.
 
In addition to the seven Post Offices in Lincoln there are also eight full-service Contract Post Offices. To find the nearest postal location, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or go to usps.com and click on "Find USPS Locations."

"We encourage our customers to get those cards and packages in the mail as soon as possible, and to take the hustle and bustle out of holiday shipping by using the online Post Office at usps.com, or one of our Self-Service Kiosks," said Lincoln Postmaster Kerry Kowalski.

Nationwide the Postal Service expects to deliver 420 million packages this holiday season, a 12 percent increase over last year. Overall, the Postal Service projects to handle nearly 15 billion cards, packages and letters between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. Dec. 19 is expected to be the busiest delivery day of the year for packages.

Suggested mail-by dates for cards and packages destined for U.S. addresses are: Dec. 20 for First-Class Mail, Dec. 21 for Priority Mail, and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express.

For international destinations, Global Express Guaranteed is available through Dec. 18 for most countries (Dec. 19 if mailing to Canada).

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