PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The U.S. Postal Service will handle millions of gifts this holiday season and plenty of letters to Santa.
Some local postal workers are bringing some holiday cheer to people in need.
You’re never too old to belive in Santa and this year, the Philadelphia Main Post Office on Chestnut Street has received almost 250 letters written to Saint Nick.
“Sometimes it’s hard for us to understand how privileged we are until you read the way some people liveand the needs that some people have,” said Postmaster Eric Henry. “That sometimes tugs at your heart to where you want to do more.”
The postal service has been helping Santa make a few families’ Christmas wishes come true for 104 years as part of the Operation Santa Program. Members of the post office, volunteers and the general public are invited to sit, read and adopt the families they read about to then gift them the Christmas they only wished to see.
“The hardest part is trying to pick which letters to read,” said volunteer James Pace. “Some of them hit home with me because I’ve lost a son.”
“Most of the letter kind of grab you,” said Margaret Johnson. “You just want to take every single one of them and do something for every single person.”
Volunteers can visit the main post office to select letters until Friday.