Thirroul and Corrimal libraries offer Santa mailboxes

TO celebrate Christmas, Thirroul and Corrimal Libraries are offering a personalised mail service for their littlest members to send a letter to Santa.

Librarians have built and installed mailboxes so that children can make sure that their Christmas wish list arrives at the North Pole with plenty of time to spare.

Want to post a letter? All letters addressed to Santa can be dropped off at either Corrimal or Thirroul Libraries up until Saturday December 12. The best part is that all letters are answered.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the tradition started in 2013.

“Our staff care deeply about their community and this is a fun tradition that some librarians really enjoy getting involved in.,” he said.

“Santa is a very busy person, so our staff will be working hard to make sure that every child who participates receives a reply from Santa.”

Librarian Lisa Beverstock says the Santa’s Mailbox Christmas activity is a joy for all staff who get involved as they get to make a small but meaningful impact.

“I remember a sweet letter from a little girl starting at a new school who was very frightened. Santa wrote a reply letting her know how smart, interesting and strong she was. A few days later, Mum came to the Library in tears saying that her little girl had slept the whole night without nightmares for the first time in weeks,” Lisa said.

“Another time we had a boy who didn’t address his letter because ‘Santa knows where I live!’. Santa had the librarians do a bit of sleuthing and through clever deductions we were able to send a response to the right address. His parents rang later to say that the look on his face when the letter arrived was priceless.”

Cr Bradbery said last year Corrimal Library received 30 letters.

“This year six of our libraries are participating as Santa’s Mailbox locations, so we’re expecting to receive hundreds of letters from our community,” said Cr Bradbery.

“Don’t forget to include your address on your letter before posting it. That way Santa and his librarian helpers can make sure that you receive your reply quickly.”

The mailboxes are also available at Wollongong, Unanderra, Warrawong and Dapto libraries.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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