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There are many ways to get a letter to Santa Claus, but a Woodstock church offers an easy way to do it

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Santas Elf, at left; and the North Pole Letterbox, at right. This picture was taken on the south side of All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock. All Inner Southeast children are invited to deposit letters to Santa into the big red letterbox.   If you walk by All Saint's Episcopal Church at S.E. 41st and Woodstock Boulevard in December, you may see a "North Pole Letterbox" on the south side of the building.

It has been rumored to THE BEE that the letterbox was actually Santa Claus' idea, and he sent an Elf all the way to 4033 S.E. Woodstock to build and install it at the beginning of December.

Santa, it may be presumed, knows that there are 35 children attending All Saints – but it is clear that the letterbox is for everyone who needs to post a letter to Santa. And, no stamps are required, as it is a special box.

The story goes that during the last week of November, the folks at All Saints Episcopal Church received an urgent call from the North Pole. It seemed that Santa was worried that stamped mail could be delayed because of the pandemic, and he didn't want any children to be concerned that their letters might not reach him in time.

Santa's Elf reportedly asked if the church would be kind enough to install a special "North Pole Letterbox", so that all children from Inner Southeast Portland could be sure that their letters would arrive at the North Pole in time for the Holidays.

It goes without saying that the staff at All Saints is happy to help with such a project. It's been a difficult year for everyone, and we all need to help each other in every way possible. Santa, as well as everyone else, knows that all children are wonderful to be coping as they are during this time – and he hopes this letterbox will help bring a little Holiday cheer to the families of Inner Southeast.

So, Santa's Elf, and the staff at All Saints, are inviting families to walk or ride to the church to post their Dear Santa letters in the red letterbox facing Woodstock Boulevard. Santa reminds children to share their letters with their parents first so they can share in the joy of the season – before they deposit them in the North Pole Letterbox.

No stamps are necessary – since, as we were told, "All Saints has a special reindeer delivery system ready to speed the letters to the North Pole." It's sure to work better than did the Pony Express, in its day.

The goal of this unusual project, according to the church, is to assure a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy, Healthy New Year for everyone.


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