LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Most days U.S. postal worker Carol Randolph delivers mail to the Rodriguez family near Lake Mead and Nellis boulevards.
Monday, she delivered their Christmas.
Each year, Sunrise Station Post Office on Carey Avenue and Nellis Boulevard makes Christmas happen for a needy family on one of their routes.
This year, post office workers donated time and hundreds of dollars to buy and deliver gifts to the Rodriguez family.
With no electricity in the Rodriguez’s small apartment, News 3 used the light on our camera to see their already shining faces, lit up by the gifts they did not think they would get.
“Going through a lot, but we're still moving on in life,” said 18-year-old Cecilia Rodriguez.
Cecilia’s father was away at work when mail carrier Carol Randolph and other postal workers delivered the presents.
Cecilia said two years ago her mom left her and her four younger sisters and brothers.
She said since then, they have not had Christmas.
Cecilia now considers her younger siblings as her own kids.
“That's why I call them my kids because I'm with my dad in this,” said Cecilia. “I had to leave school. I had to leave everything for them.”
And while the Rodriguez family may have lost a mom, they said they've gained a loved one: their postal carrier.
“Some people think of her as an ordinary mailman just bringing our mail, but to us she's a really loving friend,” said a 13-year-old sibling. “Sometimes I feel like she's a part of the family.”
Bringing more than just the mail, the Rodriguez family said Carol Randolph helps make tough times a little happier.