BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - If you're glued to the phone tracking your package to see if it'll arrive in time for Christmas, the people working at the United States Postal Service are working 24/7 to make sure your deliveries are made on time.
It starts with a forklift and a box full of parcels. Those packages are then d ropped on to a conveyor belt where people await to sort them out.
"We're processing parcels that come from other areas, other facilities and their destination is in Baton rouge and/or Lafayette and Lake Charles because we process their mail also," said Nick Piazza, plant manager of the Baton Rouge post office on Bluebonnet Blvd.
Once they're sorted, they're then put on another conveyor belt and separated by zip code. Once the package's destination zip code arrives, the parcel d rops in that container so it will be easier for a carrier to pick up by zip code. So how many parcels?
"We're delivering roughly 70,000 parcels a day," said Piazza. "This Christmas season, from December 1 through December 22, we have processed 2.3 million parcels through this facility."
Piazza said that's an increase of 25 to 30 percent compared to last year. The holiday season is obviously much busier for the post office, but this week and especially Christmas Eve with literally the last minute anticipation of Christmas presents arriving, Piazza said it's been even busier.
"We hire additional help for this time of the year," said Piazza. "We've hired 50 additional employees for this time of the year."
And with that last minute rush on, between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, any packages that crews can make out are specifically Christmas gifts, Piazza said they will make sure they're delivered in time.
"We're here to provide a service to our customers and we want them to enjoy their holiday as much as we enjoy ours so it's very important we provide them a service and give them the product they deserve and they enjoy their holidays," said Piazza.
If your package does not arrive Christmas Eve, don't worry. Crews will be working Christmas Day to make sure any last minute gifts are delivered on time.