A hearty 'thank you' is in order for the hard-working people at Canada Post. Staff have been working overtime for the past six weeks to make sure that we all receive our out-of-town gifts in time for Christmas.

Mike Brown works at the Drumheller post office.

"Well, it was busy," he admitted. "I can't really say it was busier, but it was definitely busy. We worked every Sunday [from] about the middle of November."

Rather than hire seasonal staff, staff elected to work overtime on Sundays because it lessened the burden for everyone during the rest of the week.

"We just worked on the Sundays because that's the day [Canada Post] sent the extra trucks," explained Brown. "It was just to make it a little lighter on Monday because there were so many parcels this year."

Employees went an extra mile this holiday season. If a package had a hard-to-read or ambiguous address, workers put on their thinking caps to minimize the number of parcels that were returned to sender.

"We tried to deliver even if [the package] didn't have the proper address. If we knew where they going, we'd try and deliver them. Nobody wants stuff returned, but sometimes we don't have a choice."

Although Christmas is over, Brown says the post office is still swamped and packages are still arriving.

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