Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Play

The American Rescue Plan could provide essential training to boost jobs in construction, and we explore a trauma-informed approach to preventing marijuana use in teens.

Play

Pfizer says its vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11, travel restrictions soon will ease for vaccinated international visitors to the U.S., and a Texas doctor who performed an abortion under new restrictions is sued.

Play

Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

Operation Santa to Help Thousands of Chicago-Area Kids

Play

Wednesday, December 23, 2015   

CHICAGO - Thousands of Chicago-area kids are getting some holiday help from the Chicago Post Office. Every year, a team of "postal elves" help out with Operation Santa by collecting children's letters and email messages to Santa.

Mark Reynolds, Chicago district spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, says then they make the letters publicly available so others can help fulfill those holiday wishes.

"We've got many customers, many families, many businesses and organizations who've made it part of their holiday tradition to come look through the letters and find those that touch their hearts and try to fulfill them," says Reynolds.

Last year, the Chicago Post Office received more than 10,000 letters to Santa. Reynolds expects the same this year, although only a little more than half of those letters are typically answered.

Still, Reynolds says this can be a great way to help get holiday gifts to children who might not otherwise receive them.

"We see everything from, 'Santa, send me an iPhone,' to the really heartfelt letters," says Reynolds. "'I'm writing on behalf of my grandma, she's working hard, I need clothes, I need shoes, we need just the basics to have a nice Christmas.'"

While the official deadline was Monday to help with Operation Santa donations, Reynolds says there's still a chance to sneak in some last-minute gifts.

"We'll be here for the rest of the week to accept the packages," says Reynolds. "So if anybody out there has a letter and hasn't finished shopping, we really need them to hurry up and finish and bring the package back so we can get it on its way."


get more stories like this via email

Food prices are rising nationwide, and the cost of a grocery store trip is up 3.5% from a year ago, according to a USDA report. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than $1 million in COVID-19 relief grants are helping rural organizations increase their focus on locally sourced food relief…


Environment

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This fall, the Iowa Utilities Board is hosting meetings to inform the public about a proposed underground pipeline, which would …

Social Issues

MANDAN, N.D. -- North Dakota has had nearly 18,000 job openings in recent months, with roughly 1,000 in construction. A labor leader in the trades …


Approximately 3% of the 1,500 students in Montgomery County who were screened for behavioral health indicators were found to be at risk of substance use. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

DAYTON, Ohio -- An Ohio county is taking a trauma-informed approach to its work on preventing marijuana use in teens. As marijuana policy changes …

Environment

MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - This week, conservation groups are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week with online and in-person events across the state…

More than 80% of Nevada is public land owned by the federal government, which is charged with managing it for the public's benefit. (Kurt Kuznicki)

Environment

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Admission to any state park in Nevada is free this coming Saturday, as part of the first Nevada Public Lands Week - with a series …

Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new …

Environment

DULUTH, Minn. - As Minnesota looks to address the impact of climate change on the region, land managers and policymakers are reminded of the role …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021