HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — One Hamden mailman is giving “service with a smile” a whole new meaning.
Nate Lerner said his mail carrier, Paul Good, always delivers his mail with a smile and a positive attitude, but when the holidays arrive, Good adds something else to his services: holiday-themed costumes.
Lerner said Good has worked for the United States Postal Service for nearly three decades and has been dressing up on his Hamden route for years.
Good has worn costumes for New Year’s, Easter, and Saint Patrick’s Day, so it was no surprise when he dressed up as a pilgrim in honor of Thanksgiving.
“This Thanksgiving we have much for which to be thankful, not the least of which is Paul Good as he adds cheer while bringing in the holiday and of course, the mail,” said Lerner.
Lerner said Good will even dress up as the Easter bunny and deliver chocolate eggs to children on his route.
But his favorite costume is Santa Claus.
“With the kids in the windows or at the door yelling ‘hi Santa…'” even had one little Spanish boy run out with his Christmas wish list written in Spanish which I got translated. He wanted a Wii and a puppy. I gave the list to his mother a week later. It made my Christmas.”
“So, the year goes on with a bit of fun and a wonderfully, unique mailman who brings fun and joy along with the mail,” Lerner said.
So why does he do it?
“For me, if I get a smile, a wave, a horn beep or someone who stops to take a picture, I know I made their day if only for a moment,” Good said. “It makes me feel good. They could be having a bad day, but for that moment I changed it. That is my intent for the costumes.”