Customers wait in a long line at the main Post Office in Providence, R.I., to mail packages, Monday, Dec. 17, 2007. According to the United States Post Office, Monday is the busiest day of the season as people rush to send out last-minute items and cards to friends and family. Post Office officials say they expect nearly one billion cards, letters and packages to be mailed on Monday.(AP Photo/Stew Milne)
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - As the countdown to Christmas continues, shoppers rushed Monday to get their packages shipped on the final regular shipping day of the season.
Post Office and UPS employees were hard at work Monday.
Wendy Park is one of many people across the United States and in Grand Junction rushing to send out Christmas presents in the nick of time. "I was in class all weekend so I just go them done over the weekend after school, and now I'm here," says Park.
And she was prepared to wait in line. "It's Christmas time. There's always line," she says.
Early Monday the U.S. Post Office on 4th Street had lines out the door.
Unlike the Post Office, UPS avoided having lines out the door, but they still had consistent business throughout the day. "We came at the right time. We must have come early," says Joyce Larsen at UPS.
Joyce Larsen is the grandmother to four kids whose mother is in the hospital right now having another baby. So on Monday, time management was a top priority.
"Well, we chose UPS because right now we're in a hurry and it was faster and easier and they could guarantee it," says Larsen.
Although UPS was less busy than the Post Office, the store was happy with Monday's business.
"Busier than I thought. I thought getting this close, it might have slowed down more, but it's been pretty darn steady," says Theresa Luellen, UPS Store owner.
Nationwide, UPS handled around 22 million packages on Monday. The Post Office, 700 million pieces of mail.