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USPS helping seniors get holiday packages sent out in time

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With just a little more than a week left until Christmas, it is the busiest time to mail packages and presents to loved ones across the country.

But for Portland's senior citizens, waiting in long lines at shipping services is not always an option. That is why the United States Postal Service has stepped up to help seniors make sure their packages get delivered. 

USPS retail clerks are visiting senior centers and assisted living homes around Portland to provide their services for those who cannot make it to the store. The company started Dec. 1, working at nine different locations across the city. 

People like Elliot McIntire are taking advantage of it. He is mailing presents to his kids living on the East Coast. While he says he could make it to a postal service location, his wife -- along with so many others -- cannot.

"The lines are so long. It's really a hassle," said McIntire. "A lot of people here have trouble standing up for that long. My wife can't, so she wouldn't be going to the post office, so this a really a convenience."

Tuesday was the last day to ship your packages through the Standard Post service to guarantee delivery by Christmas, but if you still need to do it, don't worry. First Class Mail, Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express will get them there on time. 

You can help speed up that process as well, by making sure you have all your information filled out ahead of time, checking to make sure your package is sealed tightly and wrapping any fragile items to prevent them from breaking. 

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