Kansas City-area woman finds new career at Amazon during busy shipping season

Amazon Leah Rawdon
Posted at 6:52 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 07:52:09-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Holiday shipping in 2020 is expected to reach high volumes, and companies like Amazon have hired thousands to keep up.

“It feels like maybe Santa’s little workshop around here sometimes,” Amazon employee Leah Rawdon said.

Rawdon has worked at the Amazon fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas, for nine months. She said veteran workers have told her 2020 is outpacing previous years.

“What I’ve been hearing is that from previous years, this one has stayed the most busy," Rawdon said.

Amazon said Rawdon is one of 1,900 new employees to be hired this year at the Kansas City fulfillment center. According to the company, over 400,000 people have been hired globally since the beginning of the year to handle a surge in packages.

The Amazon job is a new chapter for Rawdon, who switched careers after previously working as a teacher.

“It was sour," she said. "It really was, but this has come along at just the right time.”

Rawdon encourages people looking for work during the pandemic to not lose hope.

“Don’t give up hope. There’s plenty still left in the world," Rawdon said.