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USPS To Resume Letters To North Pole

From a disappointed Associated Press:

Postal Service to resume North Pole Santa letters

By Rachel D’oro, Associated Press Writer

November 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Wide-eyed children around the world will be hearing from Santa’s "elves" at the North Pole after all.

During Christmas seasons for decades, these dedicated elves responded to thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole."

All that was ending with a U.S. Postal Service decision to discontinue the program based in the small Alaskan town amid privacy concerns…

A reversal of the Postal Service move was announced Friday.

"We never wanted to spoil people’s Christmas," said agency spokesman Ernie Swanson. "It was just a decision we had to make based on privacy concerns, and it is labor-intensive. But it’s still nice that we’re able to resume this and still make people’s holiday."

The letters will now be answered under tightened privacy rules implemented nationwide by the Postal Service in response to security concerns that arose in a similar program in Maryland last year…

The group also has been assigned a specific address that will allow its volunteers to run their own alternative program, bypassing the stringent new rules and perhaps lessening the Santa letter load for the Postal Service. The restrictions don’t affect privately run letter efforts. Children can write to Santa through that program at: 1 Santa Claus Lane, North Pole, AK 99705…

Postal Service officials, who consider the North Pole effort part of the agency’s giant Operation Santa program, originally said the Alaska district had too few resources to deal with the time-consuming new rules and was therefore opting out.

And just the other day the authorities said it wasn’t “feasible.”

Funny how quickly things can change, when the public hears what’s happening.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “USPS To Resume Letters To North Pole”

  1. proreason says:

    Will this ruling also help U NO HOO to get his light bulb changed?

    • U NO HOO says:

      U NO HOO woke up the next morning and realized he didn’t get up that early for his real job, called into the Post Office and resigned.

      I don’t need no stinking bulb changed.

      Except my own patriotic anti-carbon CFLs.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I thought Santa’s day was canceled because of the “Barack who stole Christmas.”

  3. canary says:

    Hitler as a letter carrier

    Hitler upset with Obama’s plans on national health care. You can’t get sick.

  4. My wife was perplexed the USPS had suspended service to their most important customer and is now much relieved that her letters will still be delivered to Santa.

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