The tiny town could be 6,000 kilometers south in the North Pole, although the residents are some of Santa’s best helpers. That’s because each and every year, these volunteer elves get nearly 25,000 letters meant for Old Saint Nick. The U.S. Postal Service ensures they arrive regardless of how they’re addressed.
Ed Reinhart, who can serve as Chief Mail Elf, reports, “They can be found in the mail and that’s all they have on them – Santa or Santa, North Pole. Many of them say ‘the guy inside the big red suit’.” Other times, letters from young children arrive with out a stamp or simply a sticker from the corner.
Head Elf Pat Koch says the volunteers answer each one of them, and get been doing so for over a century. “From the earliest we all know would be that the postmaster started answering letters in 1914 that kids wrote.”
By 1930, the postmaster was overwhelmed. When Pat’s father heard, he organized local veterans, the American Legion, area clergy as well as the senior high school typing classes to the first volunteer letter-writing elves. Pat started helping 10 years later.
Currently, the elves distribute among four form letters from santa that bear positive messages about sharing, being good, and helping others. “We never promise anything, and we never admonish anything. We encourage,” Pat says, adding that every letter is individualized. “So they may have their name around the letter and there’s something personal.”
Whilst they try and answer every letter, the elves are saddened when no return address is included. Their research team tries to track the letters by post marked area code, but sometimes that’s inadequate. Hence they encourage parents to always check out return addresses before letters are mailed. To have a reply from Santa, letters must arrive by December 21. The elves will respond following that, but it can be several days late.
Letters to Santa arrive all year round, but the bulk of them may be found in November and December. Ed Rinehart believes there isn’t a country that hasn’t been heard from.
This season, Hatchimals (electronic toys that could come in plastic eggs), iPhones, puppies, and ponies are all big requests from kids. But there are plenty of requests from adults too. Young adults from China ask to perform well on exams or end up in university. “We’ve had some adults which have asked for a diamond ring or a husband,” Rinehart reports having a laugh. “We’ve had adults that ask for healing.”
By using an average day, he needs a thousand letters towards the post office, where he stamps these with a Santa Claus stamp, specially engineered annually by way of a local high school student.
The elves of Santa Claus never dreamed their good deeds would get a great deal attention. Despite suggestions that folks pay for the letters from Santa, they hold firm in their dexopky92 to continue the service totally free. As Pat Koch says, “Exactly what happens, happens since there are good people that worry about the genuine Christmas spirit along with the real concept of Christmas.”