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Canada Post in Kamloops feeling the Christmas crunch

Two Canada Post employees work the line at the Sahali Mall location, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 to help people send their Christmas packages before it's too late.
December 22, 2016 - 4:46 PM

KAMLOOPS - Almost a sure thing on most Canadians' Christmas check list is sending out any holiday cards or packages before it's too late, which makes the days leading up to Christmas especially busy for Canada Post.

The crown corporation says today, Dec. 22, was the busiest day of the year for shipping packages, as it was the last day it can guarantee your parcel will arrive at its Canadian destination before Christmas.

Linda Edwardson, owner of the Sahali Mall Canada Post location, says it may make for a hectic day, but it's much more welcomed than lower shipment numbers.

"Everyone wants express (shipping) at this point," Edwardson says, as people line up with yellow envelopes and brown boxes in hand.

She's worked for Canada Post for the past 35 years, as a manager and now owner. Things have changed from the time mail was a more primary form of communication. Postal workers now work weekends, especially at this time of year, to accommodate the high demand.

Edwardson knows anyone who is receiving a package sent through express shipping today, Dec. 22, will likely have it under their Christmas tree by Saturday, thanks to the delivery workers.

"I have faith in them," she smiles.

Although the volume picked back up this year, Edwardson says it's nothing compared to how things used to be.

"It used to be huge," she says. "It's not so much anymore."

She says the shipments sent today could lead to a record year for the company, with sent packages nearly doubling compared to last year.

Edwardson says that's "good news" for postal workers.

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