BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Santa’s helpers are hard at work making deliveries days before Christmas.

“We get every package home for the holiday season, ” said Wanda Alexander, manager of customer service at USPS of Baton Rouge. “We’re holiday ready.”

Alexander says preparations for the holiday season began in January. She says the number of people shipping items has increased greatly since the pandemic.

“We actually start delivering packages in the morning from 6 to 9 in the morning. So, some customers are actually receiving their packages well in advance,” she said.

She says deliveries will continue despite temperatures dropping into the teens.

“We will deliver rain, sleet or snow,” said Alexander.

USPS is extending its hours for last-minute folks. Lines formed out the door at the postal store Wednesday night.

“It’s a little busy, but it’s a good busy,” said Erica Reed, a customer. “Nothing is broken, all my packages have gotten there on time, and this is my last delivery before the new year.”

Another customer, Patricia Torrence, sent last-minute packages to those affected by recent tornadoes.

“I am sending off praline candy that I made for the season for the foundation I have, the Back to Basics foundation,” she said.

Alexander says even though this is the busiest week of the year, it’s her favorite.

“They’re so excited they actually open their package here in the post office,” she said.