Post office works overtime getting letters to Santa

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 26, 2003

VIDALIA &045;&045; Worried about getting that letter to Santa Claus in time for Christmas?

Worry no more, because the Vidalia Post Office has set up a special mailbox just for letters to Santa.

And these letters have the same delivery guarantee as the rest of the mail.

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&uot;It is guaranteed to get to Santa if they put it in the Santa Claus mailbox,&uot; said Danny Grayson, postmaster at the Vidalia office.

The white box is clearly labeled &uot;Letters to Santa&uot; and positioned just inside the doors to the office, next to what else &045;&045; the Christmas tree.

The Vidalia Post Office has had the mailbox up for three or four years, Grayson said.

Greg Freeman, who works in the office, built the special box, and all of the office’s employees help collect the letters.

Grayson said they empty the mailbox every day, just like all the other mailboxes and receive anywhere from three to a dozen letters in a day.

&uot;It is for the convenience of little children that want to send their wish list to Santa,&uot; Grayson said.

&uot;Children are special people to us and we want to include them. We value our little friends as well as the big ones.&uot;

And, although the post office will accept letters until Christmas Eve, Santa will send each child who mails a letter in by Monday a reply.

After that, &uot;he may be so busy he can’t answer on Christmas Eve,&uot; Grayson said, but the children will receive replies from Santa after Christmas.