Like Santa, the Mailman Also Delivers on Christmas

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Christmas is a holiday where business stops, stores close, and the working world gets a little break from the nine to fives.
But as Eyewitness News Reporter Kim Carapucci explains, there's one delivery man who doesn't get the day off.

He doesn't have a beard, he doesn't drive a sleigh, and he's run from way too many dogs to have a pot of full of jelly.
But he does deliver gifts.

" We arrive on their doorstep and they say, 'Oh, you're working Christmas Day?' and the first thing they wanna say is 'Merry Christmas,' and that brings joy to me because it really surprises them," said Brantley McCollough.

McCollough is the mailman. He's worked for the U.S. Postal Service for twenty years ...and this is the third year in a row he's had to clock in on Christmas.

"You're torn in between. You want to be with your family but the most important part really to me is customer appreciation," said McCollough.

And, ohh do they appreciate him.

"It wasn't supposed to be here until next week, being that he did it, it's here today," said Valdosta resident Will Moore.

"I just got my Christmas present from my son in San Antonio! I was very happy to get it on Christmas Day," said Valdosta resident Erma Jean Butler.

Butler couldn't wait to get her hands on the package McCollough brought her...sent all the way from Texas.

"He is wonderful cause he's just like the perfect Santa Claus for me today and I thank him very much," said Butler.

But, does he expect them to return the favor?

"No, the only thing we get is a Merry Christmas and a Thank You, but we get paid well. Haha," said McCollough.

Which definitely seems to suffice.


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