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At a time when postage prices are once again going to rise and there's talk of ending Saturday mail delivery, many people in the QCA got a rare Sunday visit from the mailman.

The extra delivery day is needed because of extra demand.

The US Postal Service says it expects to deliver About 420 million packages nationwide this holiday season. That's up 12 percent from last year.

In Iowa alone, post offices are reporting an increase in package deliveries of about 50 percent.

So postal workers in some communities are working this Sunday and next Sunday to make sure those packages arrive in time for Christmas.

"Sometimes I do feel like Santa Claus," said Brandon Chase, a City Carrier Assistant delivering packages in Davenport on Sunday.

This "Santa" has a big white van for a sleigh, that he loaded up with goodies before going house to house delivering holiday joy.

"It makes people happy knowing that they got their packages on time before Christmas," Chase said.

Chase has only worked for the US Postal Service for a couple months now. This weekend, he was one of two postal workers in Davenport making Sunday deliveries.

"We do what we have to do to get the mail to the customer," Anthony Harris, Davenport Post Master, said.

The postal service has done these Sunday deliveries - and mail collections - near Christmas for the last couple years now, in communities where package volume is the highest.

"This is the time of year when we find ourselves knee deep in work," Harris laughed.

This Sunday, it was quiet at the West 2nd Street Post Office. But, on Monday, the day that's expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year, it's going to be a very different story.

"This will be like the New York Stock Exchange," Harris said. "At the busiest time of day, we'll have people constantly moving around, moving mail from one area to another, making sure the carriers have the proper mail to go out with them on the street."

"It gets to be hectic this week," he said.

But the deliveries made Sunday will prevent this post office and its crews from becoming overwhelmed. The Sunday deliveries included perishables, large parcels, and other items that would slow down mail carriers on their normal routes.

"I have a very good group of people that put forth a heck of an effort this time of year," Harris said.

One of those people, Brandon Chase, says he doesn't mind helping out on a Sunday:

"All I was doing was sitting at home watching football, and now I'm making money," he said.

And, he's helping make holiday wishes come true, one Sunday package delivery at a time.

Postal workers advise sending first-class mail by Friday to make sure it arrives by Christmas.

The deadline for sending priority mail is Saturday, December 21.

Or, you can always send mail express.

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