COPPELL (CBSDFW.COM) – Even in a time when most of us email or text, North Texas children still pull out a pencil and paper to write letters to Santa.
For one hundred years, the U.S. Postal service has helped the jolly old elf by reading some of those wish lists and making sure he gets them.
North Texas letters to the North Pole are rerouted to a mail processing center in Coppell, where volunteers sift through them. Since 1912, “Operation Santa” has made sure children’s letters are read and responded to.
Some of the wish lists are brief. For example, one child wrote, “Dear Santa, I don’t care what you give me. Love, Lilly.”
Some are helpful, like the letter that included pencil and eraser so that Santa could write back.
Others include a little sense of humor. One letter started with these words: “What’s up Mr. and Mrs. Claus? I hope you have enjoyed your 364 day vacation but it’s time to get busy.”
Santa signs the letters that are eventually sent back to the children who write him. Churches and charity groups step up to make sure letters from less fortunate children get special attention. Often times, postal workers will step in to make it happen as well.
“When I was a carrier, that was my neighborhood, and I knew the people in my neighborhood and I knew who needed what and what people need special attention. And I think that’s the whole purpose of this time of the year,” says one of the postal workers.
It’s a sentiment not lost on the many children who write to Santa.
One of the letters sent to Santa this year ends this way: “My very last wish is to bring presents to all the kids who aren’t as lucky as me. Thanks Santa for making kids happy, and Merry Christmas to you.”
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