Tis the Season to Give

For most children, Christmas is the best time of the year.
However, for some, Christmas can be bleak - with no presents under the tree, not even food or warm clothes.
Moreover, with the economy in a sharp decline, it is imperative that this year, if you can, we implore you to dig deep to help a child or a family in need.
That’s why, for the second year in a row, The Queens Courier is presenting letters children and parents have written to Santa as part of the United States Postal Service’s “Operation Santa Claus” Program.
The Queens Courier is asking you, our loyal readers, to open your hearts and wallets and help make these children’s dreams come true.
You can bring any new unwrapped present, toy, game, doll or article of clothing for children from ages one to 13 to our main offices. Or you may select one of the letters we are publishing today, purchase one or more of the gifts that are requested, and bring them unwrapped to The Queens Courier’s office at 38-15 Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Clearly label the gift with the letter writer’s name on the present.
All the letters will be posted on our web site too. In addition to collecting the gifts requested in the letters, The Queens Courier will also be giving presents to other children as we deliver all of the packages to these children and families before Christmas Day.
“Operation Santa Claus” is an annual program sponsored by the James A. Farley main office of the United States Postal Service. Each year, letters written by children and adults to Santa Claus are made available by the Post Office to interested members of the public.
In large part, the letters are written by underprivileged children and families who, for economic reasons, face a present-less holiday.
The program began at the main New York Post Office nearly 100 years ago. Postal clerks in what was then known as the Money Order Division dug into their own pockets to answer Santa’s mail and purchase food and toys for children who faced the unhappiness of an empty Christmas stocking. Through the years, the number of letters increased and the program was opened to the public.
If you want more information on how to help, contact The Queens Courier at 718-224-5863.

Letters to Santa Part I

Letters to Santa Part II

Letters to Santa Part III