Deadlines approaching for Christmas deliveries

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – If you’re hoping to ship gifts to loved ones around the country before Christmas, there’s still time to make the big deadline, but you’ll want to act soon.

Today, Wednesday, Dec. 15 is the last day you can send deliveries by USPS ground mail to arrive by Christmas.

Don’t worry too much if you can’t make it to the post office today.

Packages sent by first class mail by the Dec. 20 or by priority mail by Dec. 21 will all make it to their destinations by Christmas.

If you’re really pushing your luck this year, you can still send a package by priority mail express service on Dec. 23 and it will still make deadline.

Keep in mind if you’re shipping international or to military, the deadlines for deliveries to make it by Christmas will look a little different. You can click here for more information on those shipments.

To make the shipping process easier for yourself, there’s three self-service kiosks at post offices around Wichita.

Those kiosks will weigh your packages and allow you to ship them right then and there without waiting in line.

You can also order shipping supplies by clicking here. Priority shipping supplies are free and allow you to mail your packages from the comfort of your own home.

Some postal locations will be open this Sunday, Dec. 18 to alleviate crowds and add options for people hoping to make it on time.

To track your shipment you can click here.

KSN spoke with Ryan Knopik, the Wichita Postmaster to find out what it takes behind the scenes during this time of year to get your packages where they need to go.

While the extra work of the holiday season is nothing new to postal workers, it takes quite a few extra hours and dedication for them to keep up with demand, Knopik said.

The hardest part, he said, is that during a time many people spend with their families, postal workers often have to forego that luxury, but it’s something they do willingly to make sure others have a good holiday season.