Nila Dubas Santa's helper photo

Retired mail carrier Nila Dubas is shown in her kitchen gearing up to respond to letters to Santa from South Haven-area youngsters. She said the first letter arrived earlier this week.

SOUTH HAVEN — For the past 35 years Nila Dubas worked at the South Haven Post Office as a mail carrier.

She retired last October, but vows to continue one task that she performed at the post office for two decades – answering children’s letters to Santa.