Dry Fork Station employee spreads holiday cheer with the gift of language

Eric Williams

Eric Williams, Dry Fork Station warehouseperson, helps deliver gifts to Spanish-speaking families in Campbell County.

Santa Claus’ helpers are especially welcome when they speak your language. That’s the special gift Eric Williams, Dry Fork Station warehouseperson, brings when he helps with the Angel Tree deliveries in Campbell County, Wyoming.

In the Angel Tree program, community organizations pull together names of children whose families don’t have enough to give gifts for Christmas. The families put together a wish list of what they could use. Dry Fork Station employees then pull names off the tree, buy and wrap presents for the families, and deliver them during the holidays.

Williams helped with the deliveries for several years, taking the lead when the gifts went to families who speak Spanish. He grew up in Belize, and his family moved to the United States when he was 18 years old.

He says being able to communicate with the families makes their experience much more meaningful. “I can explain to them where we’re from, who bought all the gifts, and can wish them a Merry Christmas,” he says. “If you can’t speak their language, it’s just, ‘Here you go,’ and that’s about it.”

Watch the video to hear Williams talk about his experience delivering presents.

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