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Letter: Delivery delayed when you wait until last minute to ship

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From: Sally Van Dyk


Received: Dec. 28

I continue to read about the anger and frustration expressed by people who expected delivery of Christmas gifts by UPS and FedEx and the gifts were not delivered on time.

I must admit I would be angry and frustrated as well if something I had ordered did not arrive. This email is not aimed at those who ordered weeks ago, but those who admittedly waited until the last minute to send packages.

People must realize that this country has placed more pressure on delivery companies every year, and with many gifts being ordered online that number has risen drastically.

To add to the pressure, bad weather and dangerous road conditions plagued much of the country in the middle and end of their busiest delivery time of the year, right before Christmas.

I have watched as our usual delivery people ran down the driveway, placed a box on my porch, rang my doorbell and ran back to the truck to get the job done. By what I have seen on TV, they are continuing to do so.

I believe we need to order earlier than ever before, send earlier and take into consideration the fact that it is winter and weather is, at best, unpredictable. When at its worst, winter weather can make country roads, streets and highways difficult and dangerous to navigate with cars. Can you imagine doing it in large trucks?

We sit back in our warm, comfortable homes and wait for that doorbell to ring as they race through snow, rain and ice to do their jobs.

In an age when a huge percentage of Christmas is now ordered from one side of the country to arrive at another, where we used to get out and shop at places closer to home, let’s give the companies, and especially the drivers, credit for delivering to the best of their abilities.

We also should remember that shopping, whether online or in stores, is not what Christmas is about. Did anyone, while waiting for those packages to arrive, give any thought to the fact that Christmas is about the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ? Jesus is the reason for Christmas, not gifts, UPS or FedEx.

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