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Deadlines approaching for U.S. Postal Service packages to arrive by Christmas
The U.S. Postal Service has an array of deadlines so folks will get their packages by Christmas, one of which is Thursday. The Gainesville post office on Green Street will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Deadlines for packages to arrive by Christmas

Retail ground packages: Dec. 15

First-class mail: Dec. 20

Priority mail: Dec. 21

Priority mail express: Dec. 23

Customers buzzed in and out of the U.S. Postal Service post office on Green Street in Gainesville on Wednesday afternoon, with many mailing Christmas packages.

It’s been a steady stream approaching the holidays.

“This is busiest year I’ve seen,” said Jason Thibeault, supervisor at the post office on Green Street, who has been at that location for 11 1/2 years.

Cedric Hinkson, of Gainesville, was relieved to be sending off his last packages.

Teal Dover, also of Gainesville, was shipping her first of many Christmas packages. As a nurse who works holidays, she has to mail most of the presents she gives.

The postal service’s deadlines for packages to arrive by Christmas are fast approaching.

Retail ground packages must be shipped by Thursday, first-class mail by Tuesday, priority mail by Wednesday and priority mail express by Dec. 23 to arrive by Christmas.

And to help those needing to ship packages, the Green Street post office will be open extended hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday.

Holly Hailey, of Talmo, sent out her final Christmas cards Wednesday, as she was “trying to beat the rush.” She also helped another customer get her package ready to mail.

Thibeault said the high number of packages this Christmas season has led to a “nonstop” workflow at the post office. He recommended for customers seeking to escape the rush come between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., as most other times are pretty crowded.

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