Special Santa Claus mailbox at Montour Falls Fire Dept.
MONTOUR FALLS, N.Y. (WENY) - Christmas is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to send your wish list to the big man in the North Pole!
Santa's elves have been working hard, which means Saint Nick needs your letters, and the Montour Falls Fire Department has got you covered. The Montour Falls Fire Department is stepping up their holiday spirit this year. The fire department has teamed up with Santa Claus by setting up a special red mailbox outside their department that will deliver letters to the big man in the red suit himself.
"This is our first year doing it. Essentially what we do is we accept letters from kids that are writing letters to Santa, and we help facilitate the letters getting back to the kids with a Santa response," says Jake Burns, Fire Chief of the Montour Falls Fire Department.
The idea of the Santa mail box was originally created back in 2013 by Keith Pierce, the former Mayor of Odessa. Pierce says the mailbox only received 20 letters the first year, however it grew tremendously over the years, receiving 220 letters last Christmas. Pierce said this year, he decided to take his Santa mailbox to a different location, that being the Montour Falls Fire Department where he is a volunteer fire fighter. For Chief Burns and the rest of the department, they're more than thrilled to be part of this Christmas tradition.
"It's important to us. The fire service is generally about giving back to the community and this is just one more way that we can provide a service to our community," says Burns.
The Santa mailbox is located right in front of the fire department on Lee Street in Montour Falls. Every letter that is sent, will receive a handwritten letter shortly after, from Santa. It does not matter where you live, the Santa mailbox will be accepting letters from all over. The Montour Falls Fire Department says they would like for all kids to get their letters in a week before Christmas. The department will then ship them off to the North Pole.