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December 22nd, 2011

A year without a Santa Claus

USPS carrier not allowed to deliver while wearing Santa suit.

Bob McLean, a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service since 1971, has been barred from wearing his signature Santa suit while he delivers the mail. - Nat Levy, Bellevue Reporter

By NAT LEVY
Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer

While dreams of Santa popping down the chimney on Christmas Eve to deliver presents were extinguished for most during childhood, a select few Bellevue residents have seen St. Nick trade in his sleigh for a mail truck.

Until now.

For more than a decade now, letter carrier Bob McLean has driven around Bellevue each holiday season, delivering a little Christmas cheer while wearing a full Santa getup for two or three days. But this year, a local grinch complained to the U.S. Postal Service, and McLean has been banned from bringing his alter ego to work this year.

“The government is shutting me down because it’s a non-postal regulation uniform,” said McLean, who has been with the postal service since 1971.

McLean began donning the red and white when a stranger at the mall told him he looked like Santa Claus. Always the crowd pleaser, McLean took to the comparison, went out and bought a suit, and then another.

When he first started delivering mail in full Santa garb, McLean immediately noticed the attention. He said he’s caused traffic jams on his route on Old Main as passing drivers attempted to catch a glimpse. Merchants along his route have watched for years as McLean has been the center of attention to tourists and residents alike.

“They stop him on the corner and want group pictures with him,” said Brenda Archuletta, manager of Amore Chocolates. “Little kids – they just stare because they wonder.”

They wonder because he fits the character. Every bit Kris Kringle, McLean sports a white beard and a tuft of long white hair. Looking the part is no easy effort, either. He dyes his blond hair, and keeps a careful eye on the calendar when he trims the beard.

The only part of the Santa look he lacks is the portly figure, after losing 95 pounds.

McLean has brought his alter ego to Bellevue’s most popular Christmas attraction, Snowflake Lane, where he took his family a few years ago. He said they were pushed aside as 50 people lined up to take pictures.

He’s also been a big hit at the Aegis Living of Bellevue senior center. He visits regularly as both Santa and mailman. The residents know him well, and  are always excited when Santa knows their name, he said.

But only a few days after Thanksgiving this year, he was pulled off his route by a supervisor saying someone had complained about the uniform. He didn’t know who he had upset, or why the complaint was filed.

“This was the first time; I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I don’t step on anyone’s toes. Being Santa isn’t religious to me; it’s secular. It’s about giving.”

USPS spokesman Ernie Swanson said the complaint came from a fellow carrier. Decked out in the full on Santa suit, McLean was not recognizable as a USPS employee.

McLean is still shocked over the outcome. He sees carriers wearing Christmas gear all the time. Either way, McLean said, he will bring the Christmas cheer, and he plans to don the Santa suit at work one last time: Christmas Eve.

Bob McLean delivers mail along his route while dressed as Santa Claus in 2009. CHAD COLEMAN, Bellevue Reporter File Photo

Contact Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer Nat Levy at nlevy@bellevuereporter.com or 425-453-4290.

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December 22nd, 2011

Dear Santa: ‘Honorary elf’ sends children’s wishes on to North Pole

Source: Johnson City Press.com

By Madison Mathews – Press Staff Writer

With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, Santa Claus and his merry band of elves are working around the clock gathering the wants, wishes and desires of children around the world.

Checking and re-checking his list, making sure Rudolph and the other reindeer are ready for their flight and stocking his sleigh with gift after gift is a lot of work for the man in red. That’s why Santa has dispatched honorary elves all over the world to read through children’s letters so he knows exactly what to pack in his bag before embarking on his journey on Christmas Eve.

Johnson City is lucky enough to have one of Santa’s expert helpers working overtime to gather the region’s letters and send them on their way to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. Valorie Hall, a city letter carrier, has acted as Santa’s leading Tri-Cities representative since 2005.

Thanks to Hall’s hard work and her constant communication with the bearded one, thousands of letters containing the Christmas wishes of many children have been answered by none other than Kris Kringle himself.

Many of the letters don’t waste any time getting to the point, like one boy who asked Santa for video games, Legos, remote-controlled cars, movies and even a 12-gauge shotgun. Out of the page full of items asked for, the boy left Santa with one more request.

“If I get anything, please let it be a cell phone,” he said.

Dear Santa: ‘Honorary elf’ sends children’s wishes on to North Pole  - Operation Letter to Santa.comOther letters start off with children asking for things that will help those around them, like a request from the following girl:

“My wish for Christmas is for all the sick peaple and sick animals to get whell and for the animals, like birds, dogs and cats to find home(s),” she said.

The little girl then continued to ask Santa for a copy of “Ghost Hunters” on video, before making another wish for “orfens” to get toys and for them to find “perents.”

Going through the letters is a lot of work, and Hall said sometimes a child’s letter will really tug on the heartstrings, like one letter written from a boy who only had one wish for this Christmas.

“My wish for Christmas is that the U.S. will bring the troops home,” the boy said.

So far, Hall has received about 200 letters, and there’s still plenty of time to get them to the North Pole, however, she said the sooner a letter arrives at the Carroll Reece U.S. Post Office on North State of Franklin Road, the better. That way, Santa will be able to write a letter back to the child.

When writing a letter to Santa, Hall said there are two very important rules to remember.

“First of all, Santa doesn’t require a stamp, so just send it to the North Pole,” she said.

Hall added that each letter addressed to Santa should include a return address somewhere in the letter or on the envelope, so Santa knows who to write back to.

Once the letter is in St. Nick’s hands, it’s only a matter of time before he uses his holiday magic to send word that he’s working hard to make sure their Christmas wishes will be answered.

“He handles everything. I just make sure they get the letter,” Hall said. “Santa knows everything. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. He’s got the inside scoop.”

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December 22nd, 2011

Blanco, Texas ‘postal elves’ make special deliveries to Santa

by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5

There are two places in Texas you can get a hold of Santa by mail. One of those places is at the Blanco, Texas post office.

Blanco got a new postmaster in October and she started a program called Operation Santa.

“The children write the letters to Santa. We accept them here and then we find individuals to help Santa,” said Blanco postmaster, Tina Kmetz.

She says the locals help out by adopting the letters. So far, there has been a 100 percent response rate back to the kids.

The postal service calls the responders “postal elves” and say the program has been going on for almost 100 years.

“Dear Santa, how do you fill your sock up with those toys, and how do your reindeer fly? I’ve been pretty good this year with just a little bad, “ one of the letters reads.

Tina says she has been impressed how local Blanconians have stepped up and adopted the letters.

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December 20th, 2011

Operation Santa – CBS News

Once a year, the Postal Service becomes the North Pole, fielding millions of letters addressed to Santa sent from the less fortunate hoping for a gift this Christmas. “Operation Santa” welcomes people to choose a letter and give a gift to the sender.

(CBS News)

Millions of letters containing Christmas wish lists are sent to Santa Claus in the North Pole every year.

And they land in local post offices, where they’re made available to the public, enabling people to play St. Nick and send gifts to needy children who might otherwise get nothing, through a program called Operation Santa.

Pete Fontana, Operation Santa’s head New York City Elf, explained how the program works, on “The Early Show on Saturday Morning.”

Some postal patrons read some of the touching letters, as well, for the sake of viewers.

The Postal Service doesn’t receive tax dollars for “Operation Santa,” and the service’s current financial plight is forcing local offices to make difficult decisions about whether to participate in the optional program.

It is not too late to help! Click here to find Operation Santa USPS locations for Christmas 2011.

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November 29th, 2011

2011 USPS Operation Santa – Greater Boston District

“Operation Santa-2011” Kick-Off

Operation Letter to Santa answers "Dear Santa" letters from needy children each ChristmasWho:

Boston Post Office

When:

Monday, November 28, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

Where:

Operation Santa Office

25 Dorchester Avenue, Boston MA 02205

(Main Post Office located adjacent to South Station tracks).

Background:

Once again this year, the Boston Post Office will be reaching out to our employees and customers in helping needy families have a Happy Holiday Season. Christmas is about children and there are families in the Boston Area that will need some help this year.

Employees and the public can stop by the “Operation Santa Office” beginning Monday, November 28 through Tuesday, December 20 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Monday through Friday) and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays to select a letter from a needy family.

The Operation Santa program will launch the 2011 campaign with a “Kick-Off” on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 9 a.m. Santa will join us for light refreshments in the Operation Santa office located on the first floor of the Fort Point Station

Our doors will close for the selection of letters at 3:00 PM on December 20 to allow ample time for gifts to be purchased. All gifts must be boxed, taped securely and brought to the Fort Point Station Retail Office also located at 25 Dorchester Avenue where you will need to pay for the postage to have your package shipped to the family. When you select a letter proper addressing information will be provided

Packages must be received no later than Thursday, December 22 to ensure delivery by Christmas Eve.

Unpackaged gifts will not be accepted. All gifts must be ready to be shipped when brought into the post office. All gifts must fit in an acceptable shipping package…..you can find shipping packaging at your local post office.

Please consult our website for restrictions on package sizes and additional surcharges for oversized packages at the USPS website.

Information Phone Number: 617-654-5802

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November 29th, 2011

USPS Operation Santa – Santa Ana District Office

Operation Letters to Santa answers "Dear Santa" letters from needy children each ChristmasOperation Santa kicks off at the Santa Ana USPS District Office in Santa Ana, CA on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011.

For generations, writing a letter to Santa Claus has been a tradition during the holidays. And for some kind-hearted folks, answering those letters has also been a holiday custom.

Back in 1912, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized postal employees and local citizens to respond to the many letters written to Santa. The goodwill program, known as Operation Santa, has changed over the years. In the 1940’s, mail volume for Santa grew so much that the Postal Service invited local businesses and charitable organizations to participate by providing written responses and small gifts.

  • You must visit the post office in person and present a valid state of federal ID. You will be required to fill out a short form. If you are a representative of a company or organization please present an introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Participants are provided a copy of the Santa letter of their choice, which is coded and has had personal information removed. When they return to the Post Office to mail a gift package to fulfill the wish of the Santa letter writer, the Postal Service will match the coded photocopy Santa letter with the original and apply the name and address to the item.
  • Participants in Operation Santa are responsible for all wrapping of gifts and postage.

Viewing of “Dear Santa” letters will be available on the following dates:

Time: 11 a.m – 1 p.m

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Location

Santa Ana District Office
3101 W. Sunflower Ave.
Santa Ana CA 92799

Telephone: 714-662-6227

For the convenience of the kind volunteer participants, there will be a window dedicated to Operation Santa. Please visit the retail window on Tuesday, December 13th or Tuesday, December 20th between the hours of 11 a.m and 2 p.m.

Thank you for your generosity to those less fortunate and we look forward to seeing you!

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