UPS rushing to deliver last minute Christmas presents

Knoxville (WVLT) - Santa will visit 156 million households Monday night, that means 1,398 homes per second!!!

While the United Parcel Service won't reach quite that many, they are in a hurry to get all your packages delivered. That means a lot of huffing and puffing up hills and sidewalks to make sure your family gets their presents in time.

Everybody is waiting on the man in the red and the man in brown!

"Waiting for UPS truck, very glad to see them here!" UPS customer John Craig said.

Whether you ordered last week or last minute those waiting had one thing in common.

"Wanted to make sure everything got here on time," Craig said.

Randy Vandergriff, a veteran at UPS, he's been on the job for about 30 Christmases. He was the road by 7.

"Looking out window so yeah most pretty happy when we show up," Vandergriff said.

Santa's got a helper, and so does Randy. His daughter's home from college helping ol dad make the runs, about 25 stops an hour.

"You have to be quick and know what you're doing," Kelsey Vandergriff said. "You have to have a lot of flexibility on the job"

Randy agrees it's a tough job.

"It is grueling there are some times the body gets a little weak!" Vandergriff said.

Sometimes Randy moved so fast, our cameras couldn't even catch up with him.

"Keep pushing keep pushing everyday keep pushing till you get done," Vandergriff said.

Keeping kids and kids at heart from any disappointment this christmas.

"I was thinking oh boy presents," Craig said.

And with presents in hand, customers head into their house relieved, and Randy keeps on trucking until that last package is delivered.

Last Wednesday was UPS's busiest day in the Knoxville area with 185 drivers delivering 51,000 packages.

Nationally, 250 packages were delivered every second, not near as many as Santa has to deliver, but it's still a lot!!


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