Postal volunteers respond to many letter writers’ wishes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Sometimes it’s with a reply. Other times, it’s with gifts, such as for the family whose Van Nuys home burned down this year. The fire destroyed everything, and now the residents are staying with relatives. That was the letter that got to volunteer Shirley Cornes. The 64-year-old Van Nuys grandmother will send that family and their three young girls a complete Christmas dinner and some gifts. Cornes, who reared six boys, said she’s used to big Christmases and can easily fit more people into her holiday shopping. “What’s getting for one more? It’s not that much,” Cornes said. Volunteers Michelle Rodriguez, 31, and Amber Isaguirre, 20, sorted through letters on Thursday at the postal facility. Both women work for Curves, a women’s fitness franchise, and will post some Santa letters on bulletin boards at the clubs where members can help buy food and gifts. The post office is looking for more volunteers like these to review this year’s Santa’s letters and buy some presents. About 1,500 letters have already come through the facility. Last year about 10,000 letters arrived at the Franklin Parkway facility and volunteers responded to 7,000 of them, said Stacia Crane, consumer affairs manager. Usually volunteer turnout is high during the start of the season, but tapers down as Christmas nears. But that’s often when a bulk of letters arrive from children writing at the last minute, she said. Those interested in volunteering may call the U.S. Postal Service Consumer Affairs office at (661) 775-6681. Sue Doyle, (661) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – One asked for Nintendo. Another needed a new refrigerator. A third person wanted to save stray dogs on the street. One came from Northridge. Another lived in Fresno. One was staying at Grandma’s house in Oxnard. All of them wrote to Santa Claus for help. Before heading to the North Pole, all such mail from the region passes through a processing center in Valencia where volunteers – from businesses to residents – sift through the letters and try to respond to them all. last_img read more