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Early mailing assures postal package arrival

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

South Shore resident Maria Shattuck mailed her last Christmas package Tuesday after waiting in a line that meandered through the main lobby of Al Tahoe post office and out the door.

Shattuck said she’s learned the hard way to send all her presents out before December.

“One year people didn’t get their packages until the day after New Year’s,” she said.

Shattuck is just one of many residents who have been filling South Shore’s post offices since the holiday rush started Saturday, according to Toni Passot, customer service supervisor at the main office.

Passot said the main post office will see 2,100 packages a day during the season for giving, up from 800 to 1,200 parcels a day during the rest of the year.

“I think some people want their presents to arrive Christmas Day and so they wait until the week before and they’re regulars,” Passot said. “But mostly I think people are more prepared this year.”

Manager Mike Fahnestock at United Parcel Service said people are more conscientious this year as well, getting packages sent out early.

“You can ship something now ground to New York and it will get there in plenty of time,” Fahnestock said. “You could wait until the Friday before Christmas and you’d probably spend more money on the shipping than on the actual present.”

Regular ground shipping takes seven days coast to coast.

Fahnestock said UPS will ship 19 million packages within two weeks of Christmas, and the South Lake Tahoe branch will see thousands of them.

He said the Internet has added to the companies volume, as UPS ships 55 percent of packages purchased on the Web.

Fahnestock said a few more employees have been hired for this year’s rush, but Passot said the post office probably won’t need more help until the week before the holiday.

Extended holiday hours

n United Parcel Service, 1746 D St., will be open 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,

n The Al Tahoe post office will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 23.

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Holiday packing tips:

Shipping specialists say:

n Use sturdy boxes and 4 inches of packing materials all the way around items.

n Do not use paper wrapping.

n Tape boxes securely all the way around.

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