Dear Santa, What Happened To My Letter?
Patch checked in with the Warren Post Office to find out where all those letters to Santa end up.
Around the Christmas season, the Warren Post Office is swarmed by hundreds of letters to Santa Claus from children announcing their Christmas list and defending any questionable behavior; but what happens from there? If Warren's postmaster, Lawrence Kirby, has anything to say about it, these letters do not go ignored.
Every letter to Santa that comes through the Warren Post Office with a return address gets a response. Members of the Post Office staff take turns working on the responses.
"Everyone pitches in; it happens almost magically," said Kirby. "The custodian might take a few in the morning, a carrier might do a few in the afternoon, but we try to respond to everyone."
With all those responses to write, it is amazing that the Post Office workers have time to deal with the holiday shipping rush, but that is hardly the case. According to Kirby, there are around 300 packages being delivered around Warren every day throughout the holiday season, nearly 12,000 now in total. Nearly every home has received packages through the Post Office in the past few weeks, with Monday being the busiest shipping day so far. Over 1,000 packages were reportedly shipped from the service desk alone.
"The line was constant, but we got everyone taken care of," said Kirby.
Hopefully Bristol's Post Office can take a lesson from Kirby's calm; when I tried to reach them, I was met with busy signal after busy signal, reaching a human only once, asking me to call back later. Using my skills as an interpreter, I concluded that the 02809 Post Office was busy. Really busy. Too busy to take a phone call from a lovely person such as myself, even. I guess I'll forgive them, though, I suppose Bristolians deserve their Christmas deliveries too!