Texas postal workers anticipate busy holiday season

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - As East Texans make their way into the post office off John Redditt Drive, some wonder if snail mail is becoming a thing of the past.

"I don't know what I'd do without a post office," Joseph Pearson said. "Where would I get my mail? You've got all these fancy things that I don't understand how to operate to begin with, so some of us old people are going to be using the post office an awful long time."

"I use it rarely," Erin Rutherford said. "I was just sending my mom a package for her birthday."

They lose $22 million every day and the U.S. Postal Service says in 2010 they've lost $8.5 billion.

"It's a variety of reasons why mail volume is down," said spokesperson McKinney Boyd. "The number-one reason is because a number of companies have downsized or merged or they've consolidated and when this happens, many companies look at their mailing budget and they begin to streamline their own operations."

But postal workers say the holidays will bring some relief.

"This holiday season is one of our best periods of the year," Boyd said.

"I've got relatives in Michigan, so I have to ship a lot of stuff," Rebecca Alder said.

Boyd says the postal service promotes their military mailing deadlines too for veterans like Joey Mushinski.

"I have some friends overseas serving overseas I ship packages to and lots of cards with the family photo to all of our family friends around the world really," he said.

Although we live in an Internet age where sending a letter is just a click away, East Texans say there is just something about getting that Christmas card in the mail around the holidays that makes the extra time worth it.

"I still like writing letters to family and friends I have around the world and stuff," Mushinski said. "E-mail is convenient, but it's still nice to receive something in the mail."

Although mail volume is down about three to five percent now, the postal service expects Dec. 13 to be their biggest mailing day.

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