Mail carrier brightens days

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ONARGA, Ill. (WCIA) — We could all use something positive in our lives, especially now. Mail carrier Laurie Clark is taking on that challenge herself.

“They’re anxiously waiting for her to pull up in her car to see what she’s dressed up as each day,” said mother Shelisa Henrichs. What could just be another shift delivering mail is instead, another chance for Clark to become a new character.

“The second day was Mario, and that is my son’s absolute favorite person, so he was super excited that day, so that the next day that she came, he was dressed up as Mario,” recalled Henrichs.

To Clark, it’s not about getting a kick out of her costumes, although she does. It’s the way the kids and their parents respond.

“Especially when we’re sitting at the kitchen table doing all this homework for hours, it’s really exciting to get up and run outside,” said mother Lindsey Ishmiel.

Clark’s even made a game out of letting kids guess who she is that day. As a reward, they get a treat. On top of it all, Clark is doing a lot to be careful.

“She definitely did go over with them that they have to stay away from her car and six feet, and she tosses the candy,” explained Ishmiel. 

Families say they look forward to getting a lot more than just mail from her visits. It’s about seeing someone every day who makes them smile. 

“A lot of times, especially out in the country, with the new laws in place, she might be the only person that my kids see all day besides mom and dad, so it’s extra exciting to see who she’s gonna be and to say hello to someone,” said Ishmiel.

For those who aren’t home to greet Clark, she still leaves a treat for them inside their mailboxes. She’s also asking people to wipe off their mailboxes regularly.

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