BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As people check their phones to track a package or even their front doors if a package has arrived, the people making those deliveries are working hard to make sure Christmas parcels are delivered on time.
"We usually start at about 6 a.m. We've been, for the Christmas season, we've been delivering parcels early in the morning," said United States Postal Service mailman Jared Anthony.
Anthony, who has been a USPS carrier for 18 years, said due to Christmas, they have been starting at 6 a.m. and delivering presents for about two hours. He said around 8 a.m., they go back to the post office, pick up the mail and any left over parcels and then hit the road to make those deliveries.
"This time of the year is really crazy. It's more busy than any other time of the year," said Anthony. "The workload is heavier this time of the year. It can be stressful but it's fun."
With online shopping expected to increase this year compared to last year, that means more deliveries for people like Anthony, but he said it's all worth it.
"You have an opportunity to bring some happiness to some folks that are expecting some things or may not be expecting anything. The surprises make it that much better," said Anthony. "It's the child's smile. It's the grandmother or the grandparent who may have ordered something online and that last minute rush."
Anthony said on average, he is working 12 hours a day during the holidays.