JOHNSON CITY, TN. (WJHL)- For more than a decade Johnson City U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Valorie Hall has received thousands of letters from children eager to get their Christmas demands to old St. Nick.
“This is about the kids,” Valorie Hall said.
She works hard every year on her own time, just to make sure each child’s letter makes it to the North pole and into Santa’s hands.
“He gets everyone and he reads everyone but then he gives them to his elves to make sure they get their letter back and then they get to me and i make sure they get delivered,” Valorie Hall said.
She does this all while still handling her day to day deliveries too. Hall says working for Santa is near and dear to her heart. Her start as a helper dates back many years ago, when her own children wrote letters to Santa.
“When my babies were little, I wanted them to get a special letter back from Santa and I actually paid for. Then I found out the post office sends them to Santa and they come back free and you don’t even need to put a stamp on your letter to Santa.”
This year Santa got about 300 letters. That’s down half of the peak number of letters in years past.
“Hopefully it lets them know that there is somebody out there who knows what they need, you may not get everything you wanted under the tree but there is somebody out there who cares,” Hall said.
On Christmas Eve she goes out and hand delivers some letters that may not make it time. She recalled seeing the reaction of one young girl who got a special delivery from Santa just hours before her family was about to leave town.
“The little girl dropped her gift and ran straight to the door and said see I told you Santa would write me back,” Hall said.
It is that reaction, that hope and joy that keeps Valorie Hall going each year.
“Moments like that you know it means a lot to them as well,” Hall said.
She is always willing to lend a helping hand to not just Santa, but to the many children who still believe.
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