ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The post office has been busier this year, with more people shopping online.

What You Need To Know

  • Bob Smolka has been a letter carrier for more than 20 years

  • Smolka says he's putting in more work days the past several weeks

  • The post office has been busy with more people shopping online

Bob Smolka has been a letter carrier for more than 20 years, and with more people shopping online now than ever before, he’s putting in a lot more work day-in and day-out to make sure each packages and letters arrive at a timely manner.

But Smolka told Spectrum Bay News 9’s Katya Guillaume that it hasn’t been easy.

“It’s been really, really busy this year and we have to take a lot more protection,” Smolka said.

Before starting his route, sometimes as early as 6 a.m., he sanitizes his truck.

“We’re taking out the large packages between 6 and 8 a.m. and come back, start our route and do more package delivery as they come in throughout the day,” he added.  

Smolka also mentioned that for the past several weeks he’s been working six days, sometimes even seven. 

“It is a voluntary thing,” he said. “You can be on a 40-hour list or you can be on overtime list and I chose to work all the hours I can because I have a family of five and I enjoy bringing in a little extra money for the kids, and seeing residents eyes light up when their packages arrive.”

“They're not worried about the bills right now, they’re worried about their presents,” he said.

This holiday season, it’s certainly more important to make sure you know the shipping cutoff date to make sure all your letters arrive by Christmas.