Gifts Shipped Just in Time for Christmas

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Christmas is right around the corner, so time is ticking if you want your Christmas packages to make it to their destinations before Christmas.

Monday was the last day to send first class and priority mail through the U.S. Postal Service and Midlanders were rushing to ship their items on time.

"It's been pretty crowded all day, the line we've had all day, and we're moving them through as quick as we can. Through lunch time was pretty busy," Midland Postmaster, Jeff Drake, said.

This year, West Texans were sending gifts all across the USA.

"I'm sending one to my Goddaughter in Maine and one to my little sister in Alaska," Midlander, Gwen Jernigan, said. "I'm just sending general Christmas presents, hand made stuff."

While the rush of customers was still intact, Drake said the economy still left its mark but probably not the way you think.

"I would have to say that the Christmas cards have gone down from previous years," Drake said. "But I feel like a lot more priority mail is going out this year, it's a lot easier this year."

Last minute mailers say it felt like a weight was lifted off their shoulders once they handed over their packages.

"I didn't have everything bought until the last minute," Midlander, Barbara Dazey, said. "So I'm a little bit late getting everything out, but it will get there. I have confidence in the Post Office."

Now there's still time to make sure your gifts arrive before Christmas, if you didn't get to send them off Monday, but you'll have to pay extra. The Post Office, UPS and FedEX are all excepting packages until Wednesday for express and overnight delivery.