Saturday, December 24, 2016
U.S. Postal Service workers who handle letters addressed to Santa at the North Pole say more letters ask for basics — coats, socks and shoes — rather than Barbie dolls, video games and computers.
At New York City's main post office, Head Elf Pete Fontana and 22 staff elves will sort 2 million letters in Operation Santa, which connects needy children with "Secret Santas" who answer their wishes.
Fontana, a customer relations coordinator for the Postal Service, has been head elf for 15 years.
At more than 20 post offices, workers log every letter, black out identifying information except first name and age, and ask the public to respond. Lobby displays promote the program. People return with gifts and letters, which carriers deliver.
Cesar, 7, wrote for himself and his baby sister.
"This year my moom don't have much money to spend on Christmas gifts so I'm writing to you," Cesar told Santa. "It would make us very happy if you and your elves would bring us toys and clothes."
There are more letters from unemployed parents asking for kids' gifts they can't afford, says Darlene Reid of New York City's main post office.
One mom sent a turn-off notice from the electric company, Fontana says. A single mother of a girl, 8, and a boy, 2, wrote that she recently lost her job. "I am unable to buy my children toys and clothes," she said. "Santa may you help me with my family?"
Tough times are shrinking the number of Secret Santas, Fontana says. Meanwhile, "the percentage of people who need help has increased," says Mark Reynolds at the Postal Service's Chicago district, and about half the letters won't get answered.
Melanney, 9, asked Santa for a coat and boots. "I have been a very good girl this year," she wrote.
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Lets take a little trip...It's Christmas time and In a town somewhere in America there is a family. The Dad's name is Jim, Mom is Sandy and they have three small children, April, Adam and baby Sarah. On this particular night the family is in a strange town because Sarah is very sick and in the hospital. Sarah needed to come to this town because this hospital treats the illness that she has. Jim and Sandy both work jobs but as you can imagine money is tight for this new family. The family is scared and worried about baby Sarah, but that's not their only problem. The family of course needs a place to stay while they are here. Hotel rooms for this family are going to run around $60-$100 a night, not counting food and gas while they are here. Adding to the problem of Sarah being ill, Jim and Sandy simply don't have the money to live in this town while their baby girl is being treated at the hospital. They don't have anyone to turn to for help in this situation. Or do they? A very kind nurse named Jill at the Hospital tells them they need to check out the local Ronald McDonald House. An answered prayer! Jim, Sandy and the kids visit the Ronald McDonald House and are welcomed with open arms. They are given a nice clean room to sleep in and even a kitchen to fix food in while they are here; all at no cost to them. The hospitality is warm and inviting, there are other folks here in the same situation who provide support to Jim, Sandy and the kids. They are able to stay and visit Sarah without having to worry about paying for a hotel room, which is a blessing sent directly from Above! When you buy a Happy Meal part of the price goes directly to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. When you visit your local McDonald's and toss a few coins into one of those cannisters every penny goes to the RMHC. I thank You for your support, and you know what? I bet Jim, Sandy and the kids thank you too! My Very Best, Ronald