People count on the men and women of the Postal Service to deliver cards and letters during the holiday season.
With the Postal Service expecting to deliver close to 20 billion pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, there are several things customers can do to make sure that holiday cheer arrives on time.
"This is our busiest time of the year," Brazil Postmaster Dianna Egold said. "Our employees across the country are committed to moving and delivering the mail."
The Postal service recommends all First-Class mail and Priority mail be sent by Dec. 20 and that Express mail be sent by Dec. 22. Mail sent by Parcel Post, the most economical service, should be in the mail by Dec. 15.
Marking these dates and taking advantage of the convenience of the Postal Service's online products and services will give customers more time. And a number of these products and services are free. They include:
* Free package pickup,
* Free eco-friendly boxes and envelopes,
* Free shipping supplies,
* Free military CareKits, and
* Free holiday guides.
"These free services are further evidence that today's holidays need today's mail," Egold said.