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“Unprecedented” mail volume delayed Christmas gifts



San Ramon, California (Associated Press)-Some people who sent holiday gifts earlier this year discovered that when Christmas arrived, their gifts were not enough, so they did not act early enough.



Documents-A U.S. postal worker delivered packages, letter boxes and letters on her route near Hyde Park in Chicago, three days before Christmas, Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Some Christmas gift-givers found that despite ordering a few weeks in advance, their gifts did not arrive in time for the holidays.The U.S. Postal Service says it faces


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Documents-A U.S. postal worker delivered packages, letter boxes and letters on her route near Hyde Park in Chicago, three days before Christmas, Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Some Christmas gift-givers found that although they ordered a few weeks in advance, their gifts did not arrive in time for the holidays. The U.S. Postal Service said that due to the impact of COVID-19, it is facing unprecedented growth and limited staff vacancies. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The U.S. Postal Service stated on its website, “Due to the impact of COVID-19, it is experiencing unprecedented volume growth and limited staff availability.”

Austin Racecourse in Grand Rapids, Michigan placed an online order on November 30 to order a collector’s die-cast model of a NASCAR race car. Although the postal service passed his neighbors on Thursday night, it still failed to reach his father, even though he was told on December 8 that it had been sent by priority mail for two days.

His gift was in Opa-locka, Florida, and this was the last time he looked up the tracking number, which was about 750 miles (1200 kilometers) south of the place he ordered in Mooresville, North Carolina. Race, 21, resigned and told his father that he would have to wait a little longer to get the gift.

He said: “I do understand the situation, but it is still frustrating.”

Joanna Goldstein ordered Christmas decorations for her 10-year-old son’s football coach and his son’s friends online on November 17. She believes that now is enough time to get to the store about 80 miles (128 kilometers) from her home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

On December 11, when she received a notice from the Postal Service that the decorations had been received in Columbus, Ohio, everything seemed to be fine.

But then, the package passed through the distribution centers in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Lansing, Michigan, before falling into Detroit.

On Wednesday, she received another notice that the delivery time was later than initially expected. Her son is angry, but Goldstein is striding forward.

She said: “Last week, I thought frustratedly,’Come on, come here,’ but now I’m a little bit smiling.”

She told her son that next year the decorations will be hung on the tree, and they will tell a story about their long journey during the pandemic.

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