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Washington Post Office collecting letters to Santa

Union photo by Gretchen Teske

The Washington Post Office, located at 115 North Marion Avenue is accepting letters to Santa. Area students can drop them off with no postage required. All letters will be met with a response if a return address is provided.
Union photo by Gretchen Teske The Washington Post Office, located at 115 North Marion Avenue is accepting letters to Santa. Area students can drop them off with no postage required. All letters will be met with a response if a return address is provided.

WASHINGTON — The North Pole is now accepting letters and the Washington Post Office is ready to deliver them. Area children can drop off their letter to Santa in a special box and expect a letter in return.

Postmaster Mike Shelledy said its all part of Operation Santa, a program started by United States Postal Service. According to its website, Operation Santa was established in 1912 after a local post master allowed employees and citizens to come in and begin writing letters to the children in return.

Shelledy said employees and private citizens come into the Washington Post Office to do the same. He said it’s a tradition that has been going on for more years than he can count. He said each year the box fills with hundreds of letters.

Last week, blank letters were dropped off at the area schools for children to fill out and return, but he said any child is welcome to drop one off. No postage is required but a return address is in order for the letter to be answered.

The Washington Post Office is located at 115 North Marion Avenue and is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9-10 a.m.