Wisconsin kids get letters answered by Santa ClausWisconsin News
- Thousands of Wisconsin kids who wrote to Santa Claus will get their requests answered tonight.
MONROE - Thousands of Wisconsin kids who wrote to Santa Claus will get their requests answered tonight. And lots of volunteers can take some of the credit.
They lent a hand in the “Operation Santa” program by the U-S Postal Service. Renee Jordan runs the program in Monroe. She says elves at the local high school answer the letters mailed in by youngsters. The program was canceled in many cities last year, after a postal worker in Maryland discovered that a sex offender had posed as an elf and answered a letter.
Since then, the Postal Service adopted new policies in which the kids’ personal information is shielded from the volunteers. Marge Oehlke of the Milwaukee postal district says the incident hasn’t stopped her elves from being busy. She said her office adopted the new policies without breaking stride. They answer about two-thousand letters a year.
Santa gets some tough questions, as you might expect. He’s asked if he drinks beer, which he doesn’t. And some kids want to know how he gets to every home in the world on Christmas Eve. That’s a trade secret.