Mail carriers delivering packages beginning at 6 a.m. to meet holiday demand

This time of year it’s dark outside at 6 a.m. So if you see someone walking up your driveway – don’t be alarmed. After all, it could be the mail man.

The U.S. Postal Service estimates that more than 13 billion deliveries will be made this holiday season. And to keep up with the growing demand, packages are getting delivered at significantly earlier times.

Effective immediately, packages and mail delivery is beginning at 6 a.m. Deliveries are also being made on Sundays.

USPS says it’s working with local leaders and law enforcement across communities to ensure that carriers are safe.

“Stay alert and let it be known that we are out on the road this time of day for the holiday season,” one postal carrier, who elected not to be identified, told 13WHAM. “If there’s someone walking up your driveway at 6 a.m. and you’re not aware that anyone delivers that early, you never know if someone is going to pull a gun or a baseball bat or whatever, so you know, it is a concern for sure.”

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