Shipping holiday gifts just got more convenient.

The Dodge City Post Office at 700 Central Avenue, will open its retail windows from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, Postmaster Dorothy Briseno announced.

"As we count down to the holidays, we know how demanding the season can be as we rush to get everything done on time," said Briseno in a press release. "Opening on Sundays will help our customers check holiday mailing off their to-do list."

USPS employees will be available to help customers ensure their holiday packages are packed, tracked and delivered with ease.

In addition to holiday Forever Stamps, Post Offices offer priority mail supplies and other packing items to provide customers with added convenience.

These include bubble mailers, shipping boxes, bubble wrap and packaging tape.

Also available are a selection of greeting cards and gift cards, making your Post Office a one-stop shop for holiday gift giving.

A reminder that stamps and packaging supplies are available via your computer at usps.com – where customers can also use their credit or debit card to purchase mailing labels for packages and then request a free carrier pickup of those packages the next business day.

"Customers can count on the Postal Service and our more than 640,000 dedicated employees to deliver their holiday gifts, cards and letters on-time this holiday season," said Briseno.

The Postal Service will deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season, and a record 850 million packages, which is more than a 10 percent increase compared to the 2016 holiday season.

A similar increase is expected locally.

The USPS will be expanding its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes as of Nov. 26.

The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 6 million packages on Sundays this December.

Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

The Postal Service offers a new service this year called Informed Delivery, which allows users to interact with their incoming mail and packages in one convenient, online location.

Informed Delivery is an optional notification service for residential consumers that sends an email to users containing images of the outside of letter–sized mail pieces that are arriving soon.

Users will also be able to view delivery status of packages, provide delivery instructions, manage their notifications and schedule redelivery – all on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Go online to informeddelivery.com to sign up for the free service.

The Postal Service recommends the following Christmas mailing and shipping deadlines: for military it is Dec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail and First Class Mail; Dec. 16 – APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail Express.

Ford domestic mailing it is, Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground; Dec. 19 —First Class Mail; Dec. 20 – Priority Mail and Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express.

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom at usps.com/holidaynews.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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