- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A postmaster in western Illinois has taken on the role of Santa Claus by answering area children’s letters and cards addressed to the North Pole.

Quincy’s postmaster Susan Dorrough said it’s been her job this year to go through holiday mail that children place in mail boxes. The mail, which have addresses like “North Pole,” are gathered by postal carriers and brought to Dorrough, according to The Quincy Herald-Whig (http://bit.ly/1wkN5VR ).

About 100 such letters and cards to Santa are mailed in the area each year. She said her approach is not to promise gifts, but focus on the joy of the holidays. Dorrough, who took over the postmaster job 17 months ago, said she responds as long as there’s a return address.

“You don’t want them to think there’s no Santa Claus,” she said.

She said most of the children’s letters ask for gifts.

“They want bikes. They want Xboxes. They want puppies. They just want different things,” she said.

Dorrough urged other local post offices to respond to children, too, saying it’s about the spirit of the season and bringing happiness to children.

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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com

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