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Hundreds of locals make shipments during postal service's busiest day

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Parking lot and foot traffic was the common theme at the North Chattanooga post office.

Dozens of people were dropping off last minute gifts, hoping they make it by Christmas.

Nearly 800-million packages will make their way through sorting facilities Tuesday, reaching doorsteps by the weekend, which is higher than anticipated.

Some say the long wait inside can move quickly with the right person behind the desk.

The postal service even beefed up its online presence by offering services like printing postage and shipping labels directly from your computer.

Others say the last minute rush is just part of the holiday experience.

Many post offices in the Tennessee Valley have been hit hard by the slow economy and even a busy holiday season won't be enough to make up the losses.

The processing and distribution center on Shallowford Road is on the short list of closings, a move that would cut more than 200 jobs.

One warning: post office officials say to be on the lookout for a malicious email, claiming you have a package delivery.

They say if you're not expecting anything, or if it looks suspicious, just delete it.

Visit the United States Postal Service online for more details.

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