The U.S. Postal Service has developed a number of procedures to deal with the upcoming holiday season.

And the public is reminded that post offices, stations and branches will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8, to observe the Columbus Day Holiday.

Delivery services will be limited to express mail and special delivery at offices having receipt of mail. The customer acceptance unit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the deposit of mail.

The Postal Service is also asking the public for a little extra help this year, in order to make certain holiday mail sent to military and international destinations (including Operation Desert Shield) arrives on time.

Surface and air mailing deadlines for military personnel stationed abroad generally range from mid-October through November.

Mailing letters and packages as soon as possible would be of considerable help for all military personnel, not just those stationed in the Middle East.

To learn more about mailing restrictions in other countries, call (301) 347-4340.

For mail sent to U.S. addresses, there is no deadline, but it is recommended that cards and parcels be sent early in December, as a hedge against possible complications such as winter storms or other delays.

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