Don't wait to ship your gifts

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Many people don't procrastinate when it comes to holiday shopping, but what about holiday shipping?

The deadline is approaching to get those Christmas presents in the mail.

Cecile Miller was shipping Christmas packages domestically to her grandchildren. She stated "A son in Phoenix, Arizona, a daughter in Denver, Colorado…they each have a daughter."

Tanis Robinson and Christian Tudor's packages were being sent to family a bit further away.

"To Romania," Tudor said, "They need to feel some American Christmas spirit."

Whether it be domestic or foreign, it doesn't matter where the package is going, as long as it gets there in time for Christmas.

"This is the busiest day of mailing for the Christmas holidays," said Francis Melanson, the Customer Service Manager at the Lake Charles Main Post Office.

It's estimated that over 100,000 people in the Lake Charles area sent Christmas packages on Monday, and with the deadline for holiday shipping even earlier this year, people will be rushing to get those presents in the mail.

Melanson stated, "Right now what we're stressing is try to get in as soon as possible."

The shipping deadlines are listed below:

December 16th : Parcel Post (Basic Service)

December 21st : First Class Mail

December 23rd : Priority or Express

The Lake Charles Main Post Office will be open to ship packages on Christmas Eve, but there is no guarantee it will be delivered before Christmas, and the pricing can be high.

"I would recommend using Express Mail," said Melanson.

Express Mail is an expedited service that is guaranteed to be delivered between 1-3 days depending on the destination and cut off time.

You can also speed up the waiting process while in line by already having your postage handy.

Melanson stated, "You can go to  They [people] can make their labels, print their labels, that way it can be ready by the time they reach the window."

The Lake Charles Main Post Office will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Ever, and nation wide post offices will deliver Express Mail on Christmas day.

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