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Postal Pointers: Residents can help local families through programs

November 28, 2012
By DEBRA MITCHELL , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Letter carriers will feel like Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Residents in Lee and Charlotte counties are encouraged to place a new, unwrapped toy in or by their mail receptacle for collection by the letter carrier.

This one-day toy drive to benefit the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program yields the majority of the toys that will be shared with local underprivileged children.

For pick up of larger items in Lee County, call (239) 699-8121.

Post office lobbies, as well as Walgreens stores in Lee County, will have a donation container for toys.

Monetary donations can be made by credit card at:

Checks can be mailed to Toys For Tots, P.O. Box 150393, Cape Coral, FL 33915.

Please make the holidays brighter for families who are struggling to get by and donate a toy.

Also, to help make sure Santa visits children who might not otherwise have any gifts to open at Christmas, join Operation Santa Mail.

Here is how it works:

Register for an opportunity to read letters to Santa from participating boys and girls. Select a letter and provide gifts for the writer.

Operation Santa observes its 100th anniversary this year.

Although the USPS began receiving letters addressed to Santa more than 100 years ago, it was in 1912 that Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters. This program became known as Operation Santa.

Today, hundreds of thousands of elves across the country are helping Santa make his rounds.

For information, call (239) 573-9638 or email

Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.



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