Volunteers seek to save a time honored holiday tradition in their town.
Anchorage, Alaska (WiredPRNews.com) – The USPS is putting the breaks on a long running program that enlists volunteers to answer letters sent to Santa Claus each year. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), volunteers in North Pole, Alaska are seeking to save the service, which has been a fixture in their community since 1954.
As noted by the AP, the Postal Service decided to end the program after tighter restrictions were put in place to protect children and their families from potential predators, following a security scare.
Several Alaska officials and others have spoken in opposition of the program’s cancellation, citing the implications it may have for the town. Gabby Gaborik, a lead program volunteer, is quoted in the report as stating of the issue, “The city was founded on the Christmas theme… This is our identity. This is North Pole, Alaska.”
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