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Sights on Santa

Employees, customers mingle with St. Nick

Santa Claus (Danny Jackson, a retired Pacific Area employee) drops by the San Diego Processing and Distribution Center this month to mail holiday cards to his VIP friends.

Postal Service workers across the nation have been enjoying quick peeks at Santa Claus this holiday season.

The big guy has appeared in and around postal spaces to bring cheer to the community and his favorite holiday helpers.

Loreauville, LA, Postmaster Karen Boudreaux and Retail Associate Wendy Breaux were helping children write letters to the North Pole during a recent community event when Santa stopped by.

“What better way to become involved in the community than to help the children have an enjoyable Christmas,” Boudreaux said.

Santa was also spotted mailing holiday cards at a San Diego collection box — an image that later appeared in a Pacific Area employee newsletter.

“I know the importance of mail. I wanted to help promote the Postal Service’s role in delivering holiday cheer,” said Danny Jackson, the retired Pacific Area employee who donned the red suit and hat.

Meanwhile, customers at the Streator, IL, Post Office met Santa, played by retired letter carrier Chuck Newton, during a recent event that encouraged children to write to the jolly fellow.

“I enjoy answering the letters and seeing the kids in the lobby getting excited to see Santa and turn in their letters,” said Postmaster Kimberly Donner.

In Whiteville, NC, Postmaster James Bell has played Santa Claus at the Post Office since 2015, including responding to children’s letters.

“I always try to make them personal,” Bell said. “If they mention that the dog has been naughty, I address the dog in the letter.”

He added: “Being Santa to my community here is the best position I have ever held.”

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