Post office now collecting mail on Sundays

COOS BAY, Ore.-- Bay area post offices are now collecting mail on Sundays to help with the holiday rush.

The Sunday service, which starts Dec. 9 and runs through the Sunday before Christmas, will help get Christmas cards and parcels to their destinations faster.

"What we're hoping to do is give people the opportunity to get things in the mail that already have postage on it, and not have to come and wait in line come Monday," said Carter Clark, Coos Bay Postmaster. "And that also creates the possibility of get it started on its way sooner than they normally would waiting until Monday."

Clark said without the Sunday collections, cards and some packages would sit in the blue collection boxes and in the collection hoppers at the post office without being processed until the next business day.

"This will help us deal with the large amounts of parcels and other types of mail we recieve this time of year," he said. "The next two Mondays will be some of our busiest days of the year."

He said the Sunday collection service does not mean that the post office will be open for full customer service nor will it provide home mail deliveries on Sundays.