PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) – Letters to Santa always tug at the heartstrings, but this year some are just heartbreaking. Because of the sluggish economy, many kids are just asking for the basic necessities like shoes, shirts and even a job for mom or dad.
To help the big guy out, Santa’s helpers at the local Post Offices are reading each and every one of the letters doing what they can to fulfill the writer’s wish list.
“This one is special because the boy has asked for a new roof,” said postal employee Rose Mannisto, “We need to investigate this,”
During Operation Santa postal employees read the letters to Santa and try to reach out to those in dire need.
“We cannot afford to buy toys for Samantha after she’s doing so good in school. Can you please help me, am desperate,” said Mannisto as she read from a letter. “We are going to make that happen. That’s the whole meaning of Christmas.”
Santa gets letters from people of all ages, some are even a bit unusual like the one which asked for a large pepperoni pizza or the 88-year old woman who wanted a new pair of dentures.
“She didn’t have any teeth, she couldn’t chew,” said U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Debbie Fetterly, “We were able to get her dentures free of charge.”
Operation Santa helpers say some letters aren’t about toys or material things, those are some of the toughest to read.
“We know that there are kids that don’t just want things,” said postal employee Paula Andino, “They just want love from their parents and they’re hoping for Santa to help them out.”