Many ways to write Santa this Christmas
HUNTINGTON — Santa Claus and his elves are eagerly awaiting children’s letters this Christmas and there are several different ways to reach the North Pole.
Two area cities are collecting letters and offering personalized replies. The city of Hurricane and the village of Barboursville each have a special mailbox specifically for children’s wishes.
The Christmas mailboxes are located at the Main Street gazebo in Hurricane and the Nancy Cartmill Gardens gazebo in Barboursville.
The deadline for Hurricane’s letters is Dec. 16 and children must include a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a reply. The deadline for Barboursville’s letters is Dec. 15 and no prior postage is necessary, but children must include their return address for replies.
Volunteers from assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Barboursville write back to the children, said Brandi Beasley, director of the Village’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. A group of volunteers will be in Hurricane to write replies and stuff envelopes, too.
Letters are also being collected at Macy’s in the Huntington Mall. For each letter received before Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, not exceeding $1 million. It’s part of the retail chain’s “Believe” campaign, which has donated $17 million to Make-A-Wish since 2008.
The United States Postal Service is providing a service to have parent’s replies to their children’s letters postmarked from the North Pole.
Parents are encouraged to have their children write a letter to Santa, which they later secretly reply to and sign with Santa’s name. They then put their reply and child’s letter together in a self-addressed stamped envelope with a return address from “Santa, North Pole.” They place the letter into a larger envelope addressed to North Pole Postmark, Postmaster, 4141 Postmark Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, 99530-9998. The postmaster must receive the letter before Dec. 15 to ensure the letter will be returned with a North Pole postmark in time for Christmas. For more information, visit about.usps.com and follow the link for “Holiday News.”
Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.