With just one week until Christmas it is a very busy time at post offices across the country.
It was a mad dash to get those gifts and Christmas cards stamped and into the hands of postal workers Tuesday at the main post office in Charleston.
Jeff Shirley may just get the award for most unique gift sent via mail.
“It was an accordion that we were sending from the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame to one of our graphics designers in New Jersey. That was his Christmas gift,” Shirley explained to MetroNews.
The box was bulky and weighed in at 36lbs.
“Next time someone asks me ‘Hey, can you ship this accordion for me?’ I might think twice before I say yes!”
Joyce Spiroff of Cross Lanes also arrived at the post office on Tuesday with a gift that didn’t fit in any box she could find at home.
“I do have a dilemma! I have a picture frame that I’m trying to get to Florida with wonderful pictures in it for a great-grandmother. I’m just trying to get it worked out here,” according to Spiroff.
But never fear, a postal employee swooped in, found a box and told Spiroff exactly how to pack the picture frame to make sure it made it to Florida in one piece.
“They were very helpful,” he said.
The downtown Charleston Post Office broke a single-day record Monday by canceling 619,000 pieces of mail. They were only expecting about 500,000 according to Post Master David Quick.
“It’s what we do as a business. We expect it. We gear up for it,” he said. “We had all the personnel here, all the transportation lined up.”
Quick stresses it will be very busy at the post office from now through Christmas Eve but nothing like Monday and Tuesday. And he certainly doesn’t expect many more accordions to be shipped out on one of his trucks.