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St. Nick popping up in postal places

Santa Claus and the missus
Santa Claus and the missus ship packages at the Tampa, FL, Main Post Office this week.

Santa Claus is pretty busy these days, but that isn’t keeping him from popping up at Post Offices across the nation.

In Streator, IL, he picked up letters that young customers left for him in a special lobby mailbox; in St. Louis, he attended a lobby event and taught customers to use self-service kiosks; and in Tampa, FL, he and Mrs. Claus shipped some packages.

Meanwhile, at the Washington Court House, OH, Post Office, Santa helped USPS conduct employee safety checks. Rural Carrier Ruth Garringer earned a spot on his “nice” list when she was observed wearing both her seat belt and shoulder harness while operating a delivery vehicle.

“Santa knows that safety is everyone’s responsibility at all times,” said Ohio Valley District Acting Safety Specialist Philip Funk.

St. Nick has also dropped by Operation Santa kickoff events at USPS facilities in New York City, Chicago and San Diego, as well as other community events that allow him to rub elbows with postal employees.

For example, Santa and Mrs. Claus collected and responded to 79 letters from children during an event hosted by the Trenton, NJ, Processing and Distribution Center.

He also made a grand entrance on a special “helicopter sleigh” at an aviation museum in College Park, MD, where children wrote him letters and Postal Service employees arranged for each reply to receive a North Pole postmark.

“It was thrilling to witness children writing and mailing letters to Santa,” said Consumer and Industry Contact Manager Tyera Clark.

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