• Bryan Cleaton, postal supervisor, surprises community members checking their mail one last time before Christmas.

    Santa's helper

    Bryan Cleaton, postal supervisor, surprises community members checking their mail one last time before Christmas.

  • (Left to right) Postal clerk Amanda Hull and Bryan Cleaton, postal supervisor, make sure Camp Darby community members have a last minute chance to pick up packages by opening the Community Mail Room on Christmas Eve.

    Helping out Santa

    (Left to right) Postal clerk Amanda Hull and Bryan Cleaton, postal supervisor, make sure Camp Darby community members have a last minute chance to pick up packages by opening the Community Mail Room on Christmas Eve.

12/26/2011 CAMP DARBY, Italy- Many Camp Darby community members who were anxiously awaiting the arrival of gifts in the mail got some help from Santa's special staff at the community mail room.

"Every year at Camp Darby CMR we open on Christmas eve to make sure everyone has the maximum chance to pick up package that might have made the last flight in before Christmas," said Bryan Cleaton, postal supervisor. "It's important to me, because the soldiers and the military is my second family and it's just the right thing to do. "

Postal clerk Amanda Hull joined Cleaton in passing out packages Christmas Eve.

"We've had folks that had packages, but some just came in to say Merry Christmas to us," said Hull.

Even though she already had all of her packages, community member Michelle Hughes still stopped by to pass along her holiday wishes and praise.

"They are fantastic and are wonderful and work very, very hard," gushed Hughes.

"If you're a former soldier, or anything to do with the military, you know, you try to take care of the young soldiers coming up, being away from home; especially being over in Europe," said Cleaton. "Seeing their smiles is all the reason I need to keep working every Christmas Eve to ensure the troops and their families have an enjoyable holiday."

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