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Holiday mail to U.S. troops due Saturday

It’s the busiest time of the year for Grand County’s post offices. Millions of letters, cards, gifts, etc. are expected to be handled and shipped all over the world.

The first deadline for mail to be delivered to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by Christmas is this Saturday, Dec. 4. Holiday mail sent to other overseas U.S. military and to most international countries or locations is due Dec. 10.

Dec. 20 is expected to be the busiest mailing day because it is the deadline for mail to be delivered by Christmas to all United States locations. Dec. 22 will be the last deadline for all holiday mail to be delivered by Christmas to in-state residents.



Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes can be shipped anywhere in the United States, with up to 70 lbs. in contents, for “one very low same, basic rate.” These boxes are available free at any Post Office.

Holiday packages can also be shipped using Click-N-Ship at http://www.usps.com with free carrier pickup from home.



When mailing and packaging, it is important to remember to include the complete printed address, with the correct area code on all cards, letters and packages. Use a strong, sturdy box with no extra writing on the outside for packages and secure the contents tightly using newspaper, bubble wrap or other cushioning.

It is important to remove batteries from any toys or appliances and pack any food items in secure leak-proof containers or wrapping. Seal all packages with strong, reinforced tape and do not use paper or string on the outside. In large print, put the name and adress on one side of the package.

Time it right by mailing early in case there will be any delays for delivery.

This holiday season, the United States Postal Service is expected to handle 15.8 billion pieces of holiday mail nationwide, according to the Postal newsletter. Even our small-town post offices will be busy this season.

“It is a busy time. We get no extra help,” said Granby Postmaster Marlynn Mulder, “we just have to work faster.”

For more information, go to http://www.usps.com or call 1-800-275-8777.


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