ATLANTA -- Someone messed up at the post office, and it upset a lot of seniors at an Atlanta retirement community. Christmas packages destined for Marines in Afghanistan were left sitting in a mail center in Atlanta for about three months.
"It's very disappointing," said Jim Waldrop, executive director of the King's Bridge Retirement Community Center in Atlanta.
On Veterans Day, seniors at the center put together 125 care packages for Marines in Afghanistan. They were put in the mail Nov. 12, went to Chicago, but were sent back a week later because of incomplete customs forms.
"We had to fill out 125 of those and sent them back, thinking, 'that was it, right?'" Waldrop said. "We were just flabbergasted yesterday afternoon to learn they were still sitting there."
No one at the Dresden postal center would talk to us, but Waldrop says they called him.
"And they apologized," he added.
The post office sent us a statement on Tuesday saying, "The packages in question were processed earlier today and dispatched for transport to their destination.'
"Maybe the silver lining is that people are reminded that, you know the guys are still out there. We need to support them," Waldrop said.
He added the seniors will be back at it again this year, in spite of the long delay.