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12/03/04 - Nacogdoches

Mailing Tips and New Services

by Donna McCollum

The U.S. Postal Service is offering free military shipping supplies, but before you send anything off, you want the item packaged correctly. Make sure there's plenty of protection from breakage, a mailing label inside the box, and addresses clearly printed on the outside.

And now, you can avoid long lines at the post office by using their new automated system, says Postal Service spokesperson, Sheila Jennings. "This allows our customers to come to the post office 24 hours, 7 days a week. It's very easy to use. Very customer friendly." The computer guides you through the whole process. You can buy stamps, receive a shipping label, and even have it tracked by a push of a button.

If you're mailing inside the U.S. or overseas, you'll want to get them off soon. Mailing deadlines are approaching.

Domestic mailing deadlines:

First-Class letters and cards: Dec. 20

Priority Mail: Tuesday, Dec. 22 (except local overnight service area, which is Dec. 23)

Express Mail: Wednesday, Dec. 23 (except local overnight service area, which is Dec. 24)

Heaviest mailing day this year: Monday, Dec. 20 with Monday, Dec. 13 a close second.

Heaviest delivery day this year: Wednesday, Dec. 22, with Wednesday, Dec. 15 a close second.

Military Care Kits:  Please take note that the information below refers to free shipping supplies, NOT free postage or delivery.

The Postal Service is offering specially packaged Priority Mail supplies for holiday shipping to members of the U.S. military stationed overseas. Each of these kits includes five small boxes, five large boxes, five Tyvek envelopes, and a roll of tape - all labeled for Priority Mail use - as well as Customs forms and envelopes. Customers may order the kits by calling 800-610-8734 and requesting "CAREKIT 04”.

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