Julie Tam, NBC 5 News
NBC 5's Julie Tam reports on the rush to get last minute gifts mailed and delivered.
It's that time of year when you'll see the person in brown going door to door -- and this year is busier than last.
Friday, December 23, is the last day to ship with UPS to get your packages to their destinations in time for Christmas.
This peak week leading up to Christmas has seen a six-percent jump in the amount of deliveries.
Delivery driver Mike Wheeler's packages are among the 26 million being delivered Friday.
"It's fun. Lot of work, keep us busy, and keeps up active," said Wheeler, who has worked for UPS more than 34 years. "It means that people are out shopping and out ordering and keeping us all busy, and the economy is doing better."
But one thing remains the same. Some people will wait until the last minute to go to the UPS store.
"I tried to mail a card to my father that I've had in my possession since Monday. Hadn't gotten around to sending it," said Aaron Rockafellow, of Hurst.
In most cases, UPS can get it there by air the next day for a $15 surcharge. There will be no deliveries on Christmas Day.
"It's always hectic and it's always busy, but we like to spread our Christmas cheer with the people that have been shopping in the malls, and we're their final destination," said Thom Dance, a UPS store owner.