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SANTA INVITES HELPERS TO NEW YORK POST OFFICE

 SANTA INVITES HELPERS TO NEW YORK POST OFFICE
 NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning today, many thousands of


letters written to Santa Claus, this year, will be available to the public at the James A. Farley Building (General Post Office), Eighth Avenue at 33rd St., announced John F. Kelly, general manager/postmaster of the New York division. "We are inviting everyone to come in and help Santa complete his yearly task," he says.
 For more than 60 years, postal employees and the public have responded to these letters have made it possible for needy families, children and senior citizens to enjoy the holiday season. "This year, again, we are asking for the same outpouring of generosity," says Postmaster Kelly.
 "Last year, we received nearly 26,000 letters from around the world," he adds. "In many cases, the writers use a Zip Code with the first three digits of '100' -- a New York City code," explains Kelly. "Since the U.S. Postal Service sorts by Zip Code. the letters automatically are destined for our post office."
 These letters, mostly addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole" or "Santa Claus, North Pole, New York," end up at the post office's Dead Letter Unit, the department that handles undeliverable mail. The clerks in that section feverishly work to open, read and sort the letters into a breakdown of each borough of the city, states and foreign counties.
 Most of the people who come in to read through the letters and those who phone or write for one are not newcomers to the program. Once a person has become a "Santa's helper," they come back year after year.
 "The people who come in, and our employees who volunteer to work on the program, truly represent what Christmas is all about and that is caring," said the postmaster.
 Kelly advises that the number of letters received preclude validity of the requests, "but we know that the majority of the writers are in need."
 The letters will be available, during December, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Telephone requests will be taken at 212-967-8585, as well as written request to Operation Santa Claus, James A. Farley Building, Room 3023, New York, N.Y. 10199-9641.
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 /CONTACT: Diane D. Todd of the U.S. Postal Service, 212-330-3288/ CO: U.S. Postal Service ST: New York IN: SU: SH-TS -- NY011 -- 8226 12/02/91 09:28 EST
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