Mr. Claus himself will make calls, send letters to children who believe
By Meagan McGone
BREVARD -- Hopefully, Santa Claus has a stash of saved up rollover minutes and stamps.
From his headquarters in the North Pole, he will be busy writing letters and phoning good little children this Christmas season - at no cost to parents.
If your child has a lot to say to Santa, a letter might be the best option.
Since 1914, children have been receiving letters from Santa through the Indiana-based organization Santa Claus Museum.
In order to receive a letter from Santa Claus, children must first mail a letter with a legible return address to: Santa Claus; PO Box 1; Santa Claus, IN 47579.
Shannon Thompson, now 18, said she remembers receiving a letter from Santa years ago through Santa Claus Museum.
"It is a special memory," she said. "It was really a cool thing to open up a letter from Santa on Christmas morning."
Every letter mailed to Santa Claus before Dec. 21 will receive a letter back from Kris Kringle himself.
The earlier letters are sent in, the better, as Santa will be very busy as Christmas approaches.
Santa will be busy this year, as he will also be calling children in North Brevard on Dec. 12 and 13 between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Calls will be made to children in preschool through second grade, whose parents make arrangements through Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations, said Jill Hill, the recreation program coordinator.
Santa will not be charging for this service, but it is important to remember that North Pole operators will not be available to accept incoming calls, as they will be busy making toys, Ms. Hill said.
To stay in the Christmas spirit, Santa will not reveal to children exactly what they will receive for Christmas, Ms. Hill said. He will only develop conversation and wish children a Merry Christmas.
Request forms for a phone call from Santa are available at Campbell Community Center, 701 South St. in Titusville; Cuyler Community Center, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave. in Mims; Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Park Cultural Center, 2180 Freedom Ave. in Mims; Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road in Titusville; Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave. in Titusville; Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 N. U.S. 1 in Cocoa; and the North Area Parks Operations office, 475 N. Williams Ave. in Titusville.
For more information about letters from Santa, visit www.santaclausmuseum.org.
For more information about phone calls from Santa, call (321) 264-5105.