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Be An Elf: Fulfill a Child's Wish Letter to Santa

Financial woes at the U.S. Postal Service have translated into fewer offices taking Letters to Santa.

Volunteer for the Operation Santa Program.
Volunteer for the Operation Santa Program.

Financial woes at the U.S. Postal Service have meant the 101st year of letters to Santa being answered by volunteer elves will have a hard time finding kids to help, a volunteer said Sunday.

Los Angeles is one of 17 major cities nationwide where just one post office will gather letters to the North Pole from children in desperate family financial conditions at Christmas, said Patrick Reynolds, founder of Be An Elf.

Reynolds said the Post Office's website, and web search tools, do not list the offices where people can pick a letter, and fulfill a child's wishes. Often, those wishes include food or shoes, or a hope for a present for a little sister or brother.

The only L.A. post office is the main facility on Central Avenue. Letters are also available at post offices in Santa Ana and Santa Clarita.

Exact locations, appointments and other information is available at www.beanelf.org.

- City News Service

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