Bettina Hansen

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Just write "Santa".

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I didn’t know this, but the U.S. Post Office actually collects and responds to all mail addressed to Santa. The postal workers collect it, then ship it off to volunteers who write generic responses and send presents to those who request simple things (i.e., a teddy bear, toy dog).

Needless to say, most of the requests were not so simple. There were a few asking for “Mommy and Daddy to stop fighting”, but more along the lines of Nintendo DS, Wii, and Webkins, which I have no idea what those might even look like.

This is Rhonda Carrington. She was probably the nicest person I have ever encountered at the Post Office. She found a letter from a desperate mother with about seven kids, the youngest baby having cerebral palsy, and got her church together to donate lots of food, and she herself bought them gifts and a Christmas tree. If only more people were as compassionate as her.

Aside from that, it was just really cool to see the inner workings of the Post Office. A word to the wise: always put addresses inside, attached to your actual package, and always send giftcards in padded envelopes. They had mountains of gifts and giftcards where the packaging had torn off. What they have to do if it is not claimed, is either donate unopened food or toiletries (I almost snagged a philosophy lotion!) and send the rest to be auctioned off in North Carolina. Since everything is run through machines, they just eat those things up.

Merry Christmas!

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Written by bettinahansen

December 21, 2007 at 4:45 am

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