Curbside pickup used to be just leaf pickup each fall in Noblesville. Residents would move their leaves out near the curb, and the Noblesville Street Department would pick up.
But now curbside is used for so many items for so many businesses and organizations. Just pick up your cell phone, order lunch from a local restaurant menu and pick up your food in minutes curbside. Order online from a department store, hardware or grocery store and pick up your order curbside in the parking lot. Order from a local coffee shop and pick up your beverages curbside.
Downtown Noblesville has even reserved parking spaces for brief curbside pickup.
During this COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic, I have been loving all of the convenient curbside pickup offerings, and I hope the curbside continues even after the pandemic.
Driving by the Noblesville Post Office at the end of last week, I noticed lots of bright blue signs lining the drive, displaying information that I couldn’t quite read until I got a little closer.
So over the weekend, when I had some postage-paid packages to mail, I drove to the post office and, upon entering, I read the signs more closely.
The Noblesville Post Office has joined in with curbside pickup. If you want to mail a prepaid package or pick up a package, you don’t have to go inside the post office now through Christmas Eve. Just park in a numbered space and call 317-870-8221. A Noblesville postal worker answers the phone. You let them know that you have prepaid packages to mail curbside, and then the postal worker walks out of the post office and picks up your package. If you have a package to pick up, just call the same number, and a postal worker will bring your package to your vehicle curbside.
The Noblesville Post Office has Curbside Package Pickup Monday through Saturday, through Dec. 24. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
While the U.S. Postal Service already provides free package pickup from your home or office, regardless of the number of packages you're sending, the curbside pickup is even more awesome. It saves time waiting in long lines at the post office.
Also, between now and Dec. 24, you might find a package on your doorstep as early as 6 a.m., when postal carriers do their early-morning deliveries, seven days a week during the holiday season.
Thank goodness for the U.S. Postal Service, which was created more than 245 years ago, and is still an affordable way to send a package across the nation.
One of the services that I recently discovered is the U.S. Postal Service’s Informed Delivery, which I signed up for online this fall. Now, I receive a Daily Digest via email with a digital preview of the mail that will be delivered soon.
For instance, on Saturday, I could see a digital preview of four Christmas cards, a credit card bill and a package that would be arriving soon. Another day, I could see a digital preview of Kohl’s coupons, my AT&T U-verse statement and a utility bill. Does it spoil a surprise in the mailbox? Maybe, but while you don’t have to look at the daily preview, it’s nice to know the schedule for packages, when you’re waiting for them.
If you receive a daily edition of The Times, then our newspaper is also a part of your Informed Delivery. Visit to sign up for the U.S.P.S. service. Visit to sign up for a year subscription to The Times, for $79 (a website edition is $10 and an e-edition that comes Tuesday through Saturday through email is only $42.)

-Contact Betsy Reason at The U.S. Postal Service, which also provides tips on how to pack a box, offers suggested mail-by dates by Dec. 15 (today) for USPS retail ground; Dec. 18 for First Class Mail and Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office; Dec. 19 for Priority Mail; and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express, to reach destination by Christmas.