Stars and Stripes stripes.com 23 Dec, 2020 23:15 am

In a rough year, a letter carrier rallies and makes Christmas stockings for all 250 dogs on his route

In a rough year, a letter carrier rallies and makes Christmas stockings for all 250 dogs on his route
There are 250 dogs on Scott Arnold's U.S. Postal Service route, and every year, he gives each one a personalized Christmas stocking that has their name, dog treats and a note from Santa.

Arnold said that an outpouring of love and support from hundreds of his longtime customers helped fuel him through a difficult year."It's been an exhausting year and the holidays are especially difficult," said Arnold, who has delivered mail for 38 years." "I decided that doing the socks this year would be a good distraction from the sadness and would be a nice way to honor Jason and Cash," said Arnold, explaining that his daughter's black Lab Cash had died recently of cancer." "That first year, I gave socks to 40 dogs, and it really caught fire," Arnold said.

" When he began delivering the socks about two weeks ago, Arnold said, he discovered it was good therapy." Once he finishes delivering the crush of last-minute Christmas parcels, Arnold said, he will relax on Christmas Day.

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