Thursday was the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service, when it comes to delivering first class packages.
"Guys prepare themselves early for it. We know it's going to be long hours; we know it's going to be intense," said David McGill, the manager of the Cedar Bluff USPS office.
It is expected that delivery drivers, like Sara Kersey, will help deliver some 365 million packages nationwide between Thanksgiving into New Year's Eve this year. According to McGill, there is a 15-20 percent increase in first class package delivery this year compared to last.
"The shift has gone to first class mail with some of the services going on electronically. This is becoming more of a package business," he added.
Kersey said this does make her job more hectic at times.
"It is physically taxing. You have to get out of your truck more. We do a lot of repetitive motions, takes a lot out of your body," Kersey said.
However, she does not mind working a little harder to spread that holiday cheer a little farther.
"I enjoy talking to my customers, meeting people every day. I want to help them any way I can," she said.
Here are some deadlines to remember if you want to get something in by Christmas Day:
- Thursday is the last day for first class mail.
- Friday is the final day you can send presents through Priority Mail and have them delivered in time.
- Express Mail deadline is Saturday.