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UPS drivers spend Christmas Eve delivering presents


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It's been a busy week for companies like U, after all, the week of Christmas is one of their busiest times of year. They're expected to deliver more than 430 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But Christmas Eve, is both a busy day and a rewarding day for drivers.

"It is like Santa's workshop," UPS driver Thad Strub said.

And he's right, it does look a bit like Santa's workshop inside the Dubuque UPS Customer Center. More than a dozen drivers gathered, while their trucks are loaded with packages.

"Everything that's in my truck is in here," Strub said as he pointed to an electronic device. "I'm running about 200 stops today so I'm hoping to be off by 6:00," he said.

Strub has been driving for UPS for ten years now and says working Christmas Eve is rewarding.

"People count on us to deliver their Christmas presents. And we get the job done," Strub said.

But on this day, Strub has a few obstacles between him and the 200 packages he'll be delivering.

"We gonna get out on the road here, got some bad weather today," Strub said.

About 5 inches of snow coat the road as we follow him on his route but it was no obstacle for him. In less than 45 minutes he's made almost a dozen stops...

"You're trucking through snow usually. And the worst case is you get to the door and you've got a German shepherd coming around the corner," Strub said.

UPS drivers across the country will deliver millions of packages on Christmas Eve, it's their busiest time of year.

"The volume for today and this week is just crazy," Strub said.

But for him, it's all a part of the job, that for one day, allows him to play Santa.

Drivers say they have one goal, that's actually required, they can't return to the warehouse until all their packages have been delivered.

Friday's most practical delivery was a replacement part on a snow blower, which is something that will certainly get use after the storm.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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