Holiday Heroes…The Mail Carriers
During the mad rush of the holiday season, you see them everywhere – UPS, FedEx, DHL and US postal Service staffers are on the road and stopping at your door. Couriers from florists and other companies that handle their own deliveries are hopping in and out of their trucks nonstop.
The lines are long at the post office (someone on twitter told me that their local post office ran out of stamps!), and I read an estimate that this past Monday alone, the US Postal Service anticipated hitting their peak volume and would move more than 800 million pieces of mail in one day. That’s a lot of parcels and packages.
Of course, to get all these packages through the pipeline, the delivery companies hire seasonal workers, many at an hourly pay rate between $8.50 and $10 per hour. They lift, sort, pack and deliver Christmas cheer right to your door. They work behind the counter, smiling as lines get long and tempers flare. They stand on their feet for long hours and they go home with aching muscles and sore backs.
Some of these folks work on the holiday itself. All of us
procrastinators last-minute shoppers who were too busy to mail packages early, depend on the delivery companies and US Postal Service to make sure that gifts are delivered on/before Christmas Day.
So here’s a Santa hat-tip to the delivery staff and mail carriers who get our parcels to their intended destinations.
Cheers to you.