“Unprecedented” mail volume delays the Christmas gifts

SAN RAMON, CA (Associated Press) – Some of those who mailed holiday gifts early this year found they didn’t act early enough with Christmas arriving and gifts stuck in transit

The US Postal Service said on its website that it is “seeing unprecedented increases in size and limited staff availability due to the impacts of COVID-19.”

Austin Reese of Grand Rapids, Michigan, placed an online order on November 30 for a molded collector’s model of a NASCAR racing car. It did not reach his father after the postal service passed through his neighborhood Thursday night, despite being notified on Dec.8 that it had been shipped by priority mail for two days.

His gift was in Opa Luka, Florida, the last time he checked the tracking number, 750 miles (1,200 km) south of the place he requested in Morrisville, North Carolina. Rice, 21, gives in to tell his father that he will have to wait a little longer to get his gift.

“I understand the situation, but it’s still kind of frustrated,” he said.

Joanna Goldstein ordered Christmas decorations online on November 17 for the soccer coach for her 10-year-old son and her son’s friend. She thought it was time to arrive from a store 80 miles (128 kilometers) from her home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Everything looked fine on December 11 when she received a notification from the Postal Service that the trinkets had been received in Columbus, Ohio.

But then, the package made a trip through distribution centers in Warendale, Pennsylvania, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Lansing, Michigan, before apparently stumbling upon Detroit.

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On Wednesday, I received another notification that delivery would be later than originally expected. Her son was furious, but Goldstein took it a step.

“I was frustrated last week thinking, ‘Come on, come here,’ but now I’m laughing at it,” she said.

She told her son that the ornaments will hang on the tree next year and they will have a story to tell about the long journey they made during the pandemic.

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