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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata
THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Santa Claus may not have arrived in Glendale yet, but that doesn’t mean children can’t get in touch with him there.

A Sprinkle of Fun, located at 79-05 Myrtle Ave., is hoping to spread a little Christmas spirit by putting a Santa mailbox outside of their store so children can get their letters to Santa shipped to the North Pole. Kimberly Hickey, the owner of the event hosting business, wanted to give residents of Glendale a local place to drop off their Santa letters.

“I saw a Santa mailbox when I was shopping one time,” said Hickey, who has owned the business since 2012. “I thought it would be a great idea to have one by the store.”

So, she decided to check out the price to buy one, but when she noticed it cost hundreds of dollars, she went the economical route and made one herself. This is the second year she put the mailbox outside of her store.

She has gotten about 15 letters from children since the mailbox was set up early this month. Hickey guarantees every child gets a return letter from “Santa” with a candy cane included.

“I wanted to do it because there is no there is no other mailbox like this in the area,” she said.

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A Sprinkle of Fun hosts events from children’s parties to baby showers. Hickey has all types of arts and crafts activities for the kids to do including sand art and painting. She has become so fond of making children happy that putting the mailbox out in front of the store was a no-brainer to get her message across.

“There is a magical thing about the way children believe in Christmas,” she said. “When I see kids run up with a smile on their face and put a letter in the mailbox, I just love it.”

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