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P.O. Box: North Pole

Longstanding town program connects kids with Santa

Children throughout the Town of Bethlehem can write a letter to Santa Claus through the help of local elves at the Bethlehem Police Department and Senior Services. If it is placed in a letter box by Friday, Dec. 14, the children will then receive a reply in return.

Children throughout the Town of Bethlehem can write a letter to Santa Claus through the help of local elves at the Bethlehem Police Department and Senior Services. If it is placed in a letter box by Friday, Dec. 14, the children will then receive a reply in return. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— In those instances, families may get something additional beyond Santa’s magic. In extreme cases, town social workers reach out through the Bethlehem Food Pantry. If families are in need of additional aid, the Bethlehem Central School District now handles local Adopt-A-Family requests.

“We want to make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas,” Becker said.

Becker reminded families to include an address with each letter, because although Santa may know the names and addresses of all students, the post office does not. She also said local children of all religious backgrounds are free to write a letter to Santa.

“Anyone can write a letter to Santa. He provides goodwill to all,” she said.

Children are encouraged to have their letters to Santa in by Wednesday, Dec. 14, but Whiteley said most can probably still get their letter to Santa if they are placed in boxes before Saturday, Dec. 17, when the boxes will be picked up.

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