Delivering Packages In The Bitter Cold
USPS letter carrier Tim Durham has worked 13 holiday seasons, the key -- layers
Temperatures dipped below zero this weekend, making it a little more difficult for the real life Santa’s to deliver everyone’s presents before the 25th.
But one 13 year veteran says as long as he is layering up, he can get the job done.
With a winter hat, thick gloves and snow boots on, USPS letter carrier Tim Durham is spending his day walking Amazon packages to people’s doors.
“Everybody is happy to get a package,” says Durham. “It’s not like their getting a bill or something, it’s something they want, something they’re going to enjoy, so it’s fun for me.”
Durham volunteers to work on Sundays at least 3 to 4 times during the holiday weekends, even though that means braving the negative 15 degree temperatures.
“You know it’s going to be cold, you dress in layers and watch the weather every day,” says Durham. “The first part of being on the cold is the roughest, but once your body is used to it, it’s not too bad.”
This is the busiest time of year for the United States Postal Service.
“With the volume and amount of packages we get it takes more staff and work to do it,” says Durham.
But he says that actually helps combat the cold.
“I have a lot of businesses, but I have a couple hours where I walk on the street, house to house delivery. When you’re moving it does help you stay warm.”
Durham says as long as people need packages delivered, he’s going to be the one dropping them off.
“I tried working inside but I didn’t like it, so I went back to this.”
Durham wasn’t the only one out today.
Twenty-five other letter carriers were braving the cold.
For the past couple of years, USPS has been delivering only Amazon packages on Sundays to help with the uptake of deliveries.
However, on days like Sunday, when the temperatures dip, the workers typically don’t work a full day.