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Saturday, December 9

Letters to Santa Flood Alaskan Town

Some unedited excerpts from letters sent by children to Santa Claus in North Pole, Alaska:

Why can't people know when your in the house? Can the reindeer talk? ... Can you leave me a sleigh bell off your harness please!
* Lane

Please forgive me for my wrong mistakes. Me and my brother DO believe in you. We will have some YUMMY cookies waiting for you!
* Alyssa

Every year more and more people stop beliveing and even though I am 11 so people laugh at me I still belive you. I was wondering since people are not beliveing if you could send me a picture of you and your elves. That will prove to all nonbelivers you are true.
* Kelly

I would like to get things for my family but I have no money. I was hoping that you can help me by geting them ... and just put my name on them so they know I am thoughtful.
* Bethany

I want a big bear hug ... I wish I could see you but I am allways sleeping ...
* Taylor
AP: Source: U.S. Postal Service

"This is special because it has Santa's name on it," said Debra Cornelius, a supervisor at the main post office in nearby Fairbanks, where the letters are processed during the holiday rush.

"It's what makes Christmas magic for children," Cornelius said. "Why not make that available for them?"

Gabby Gaborik is among several dozen volunteers who believe in the Santa cause, opening crates full of letters, as many as 12,000 a day come crunch time. With 6,000 now arriving daily, volunteers are hustling to send off preprinted replies to children who sent return addresses.

"We try to keep the big guy mystical, so we sign off as Santa's elves and helpers," Gaborik said.

In his 10 years as an elf, Gaborik has seen every kind of request. There are the children who want the latest toys and gizmos they see on TV. There are the children who ask for miracles, orphans wanting their mother back for Christmas or a father back from Iraq, even though he died there. Many letter writers point out how good they've been. Some enclose a dollar bill to cover postage.

Gaborik still marvels at a missive that arrived three years with a Michigan postmark and no postage stamp. It was addressed to Santa Claus and had no return address. Inside was a thousand-dollar money order and an anonymous note that said: "If you are who you say you are, you'll put this to good use."

Volunteers bought postage stamps for the effort.

He fished a random letter out of a pile. This one ran the gamut. The writer, Ashley, wants only one thing, an iPod Nano, but then asks: "What list am I on, the naughty or nice list? If I'm on the naughty, what could I do to get of (sic)?" Then comes the hook: "And how many cookies do you think you can eat on Christmas night?"
Here's the whole story
My 12 year old girl refuses to stop believing.....
She's never made a list either. Every year she says, "Whatever he's got, I'll take".

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