Chicagoans read Santa letters, help grant wishes

December 11, 2012

The Associated Press

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File: Letter to Santa Claus.

Hundreds of Chicagoans are getting in the holiday spirit by reading letters that local children send to Santa — then making their wishes come true.

The U.S. Post Office in Chicago has received more than 12,000 letters at its Operation Santa station and more arrive every day.

Officials are receiving packages for delivery to some of the letter writers, and are urging Chicagoans to visit the station this week if they want to participate.

The Operation Santa station is open until Dec. 22 at the Main Post Office downtown. Letters are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Operation Santa has been operating since 1912, when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock allowed postal employees and citizens to respond to letters.