Postal workers help Santa with packages

For nine years, postal employee Sonya Smith has delivered Christmas Day packages along her mail route, and this year was no exception.

She said it's her way of spreading some holiday cheer, and it's something she feels good about, making sure customers, especially the children, receive their gifts for the holiday.

"I love it," the mail carrier said as she sorted and loaded priority and express packages at the Augusta Post Office on Eighth Street on Christmas morning. "It shows we're not just out there for us."

More than 400 packages were sorted and delivered Thursday, a significant decrease from the 1,300 that came through last Christmas. With 14 carriers delivering about 30 packages each, the workers said they would have plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the holiday.

"We want to get them out and get them home so they can be with their families," acting supervisor Paul Lands said.

Postal workers everywhere spent part of the holiday sifting through last-minute deliveries, making sure customers had their packages for Christmas.

"With everybody being snowed in at some airports, some packages are later than they would have been," Ms. Smith said. "We want to make sure we get them to where they're supposed to be.

"It makes for a good Christmas for everyone," she said.

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