U.S. Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program Begins Today

Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program
Receive Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter!
A Great Photo Opportunity to Treasure for Years

NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter,  complete with a North Pole postmark.
Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
  3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  5. Ensure the envelope is affixed with a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a recently issued Charlie Brown Christmas stamp.
  6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope — with appropriate postage, and address it to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service, will take care of the rest.

Letters to Santa holiday fact sheet (PDF)

Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.

Tips

  • To save paper, write on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
  • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year. For example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity for Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train To Make Stops In The WI-IL Border Area!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CP’s Holiday Train ready to brighten communities and warm hearts for the 17th year

Every year, our Holiday Trains travel through dozens of communities, raising food and cash donations for North American food banks.

Again this year, the Holiday Train program is encouraging people attending events to bring heart healthy donations. Heart health education and awareness is a tenet of CP’s community investment program, CP Has Heart, which focuses on improving the heart health of men, women and children in communities across North America.

The two brightly lit trains will kick off in the Montreal area on November 27 and 28 on their way to visit approximately 150 communities. The “Canadian Train” travels west across Canada finishing its journey in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. The “US Train” visits communities across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest, and returns back to Canada for shows in Saskatchewan and Alberta. ​

The concerts are always free, but you’re encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank — either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay in your community.

This year’s 1st stop for the holiday train in the WI IL Border Region arrive at 3:40 PM on December 4, 2015 in Gurnee, Il, The event run from 4:00 – 4:30 P.M. @ The Viking Middle School Park  ​4460 Old Grand Ave. The scheduled performers are Kira Isabella and Doc Walker

The 2nd stop for the holiday train in the WI IL Border Region arrive at 5:25 PM on December 4, 2015 in Sturtevant, Wi, The show will run from 5:35 – 6:05 P.M. @ 9900 East Exploration Ct. The scheduled performers are Kira Isabella and Doc Walker

 

The concerts are always free, but you are encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank – either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay in your community.

Holiday Help For Families In Need

4244387There are many parents, grand parents and or caretakers who are struggling financially for many reasons in our communities, For some it may be unemployment, under employment, health issues, or dozens of other reasons.

During the holiday season the burden on the families is increased immensely! Some folks are able to push off an electric bill, not make a car payment, or come up with some other financially devastating way to put a new toy, coat, pair of boots under the tree (if they have one) While others are so strapped for cash its a question of a meal or a little present, and sadly, others do not even have that option.

So we are going to put together a list of resources for those families in need as well as those who would like to help these families either with a donation or volunteering some time, If you know of any other organizations, churches, angel trees etc please get us their contact information, and more importantly if you know a family in need please pass on any of these resources that may be able to help them out!

LAKE COUNTY ILLINOIS

Catholic Charities
671 S.lewis Ave.
Waukgan, Illinois 60085
(847) 782-4000
A limited number of low income families can apply for Christmas assistance. Small toys, free clothes (including winter coats) and meals may be passed out too by this church. Programs are first come and served.

Love Inc.
Gurnee, IL 60031
847.782.8630
They operate a referral clearinghouse. Working poor families and those facing a crisis can be referred to a local church in Lake County. Ministries may have clothing furniture, baby items, food, and more, which also operate during the Christmas season.

Salvation Army
850 S. Greenbay Road
Waukegan, IL 6008
847-336-1880
The Adopt a Family free gift program is run. There are other social services too, ranging from Thanksgiving meals to shelter and Christmas food baskets. Volunteers also participate in the Red Kettle fund raising campaign.

Toys For Tots
The Lake County Marine Toys For Tots Foundation is available. A variety of toys and free gifts are for young children and infants. There may be electronics, games, books, dolls for girls, and more. Registrations occur online.

Some towns in Lake County also offer holiday programs. If it is available, they will only support families or the elderly from that particular township. They may also hold holiday morning meals, gift give away events, and more. Residents can call their town office for more information.

Zion Township runs the “Elf Network” at 1015 27th Street, Zion, Illinois 60099

Benton Township may have gift cards as well as food baskets. Location is Village Of Beach Park, 11270 W. Wadsworth Road, Beach Park, IL 60099.

Beach Park Village Hall and Sheriff Office run a Christmas program. Santa will pass out laughs and small gifts and other support is given.

MCHENRY COUNTY ILLINOIS

Salvation Army of McHenry County
290 W. Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Call (815) 455-2769 for intake
Offers short term, emergency assistance to low income and struggling families and individuals. In addition to food, meals, and holiday aid, other assistance can include emergency rent and shelter funds, medical prescriptions assistance, clothing and winter coat vouchers, emergency food, and transportation. Or get help in applying for government and Illinois programs, such as food stamps or TANF cash assistance. Other resources include Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts for children.

Sunrise Secret Santa – The McHenry Sunrise Rotary promotes and coordinates toy delivery to families in need during the Christmas season. This program is open to families in McHenry county needing help with toys for their kids this Christmas. Due to demand and limited funds we need to restrict this program to kids from newborn to 12 years of age, living in your household.

Toys For Tots
The Lake County Marine Toys For Tots Foundation is available. A variety of toys and free gifts are for young children and infants. There may be electronics, games, books, dolls for girls, and more. Registrations occur online.

KENOSHA COUNTY WISCONSIN

Love Inc Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program Love, Inc., with the help of the Tri-County Riders, assists low income families have a joyous Christmas. To participate, families must meet our income and residency qualifications.  If you are interested in sponsoring a family this holiday season, please click here to download our form.

 

The Kenosha Christmas Charities, Inc.(The Goodfellows) is committed to serving disadvantaged children in Kenosha County by purchasing toys, food and winter outer garments for distribution through a consortium of social agencies (Holiday House). The goal is to reach every needy child in Kenosha County each winter.

Toys For Tots
The Lake County Marine Toys For Tots Foundation is available. A variety of toys and free gifts are for young children and infants. There may be electronics, games, books, dolls for girls, and more. Registrations occur online.

Salvation Army  The Salvation Army in Wisconsin wants to ensure everyone feels that special “magic” around Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. So the Salvation Army is committed to doing its best to offer children and individuals with Christmas dinners and Thanksgiving meals, winter coats, clothing, gifts and toys. They do their best to bring love and light to those it serves at the holidays. One example is the Angel Tree, which was created for children from low income families and it can give them Christmas gifts that they otherwise would not be able to provide.

The Sharing Center – Besides emergency food pantry , school supplies & many other services, The sharing Center provides Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance to families in need in Kenosha County Wisconsin.

RACINE COUNTY WISCONSIN

Love Inc Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program Love, Inc., with the help of the Tri-County Riders, assists low income families have a joyous Christmas. To participate, families must meet our income and residency qualifications.  If you are interested in sponsoring a family this holiday season, please click here to download our form.

Salvation Army  The Salvation Army in Wisconsin wants to ensure everyone feels that special “magic” around Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. So the Salvation Army is committed to doing its best to offer children and individuals with Christmas dinners and Thanksgiving meals, winter coats, clothing, gifts and toys. They do their best to bring love and light to those it serves at the holidays. One example is the Angel Tree, which was created for children from low income families and it can give them Christmas gifts that they otherwise would not be able to provide.

Toys For Tots
The Lake County Marine Toys For Tots Foundation is available. A variety of toys and free gifts are for young children and infants. There may be electronics, games, books, dolls for girls, and more. Registrations occur online.

WALWORTH COUNTY WISCONSIN

Salvation Army The Salvation Army in Wisconsin wants to ensure everyone feels that special “magic” around Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. So the Salvation Army is committed to doing its best to offer children and individuals with Christmas dinners and Thanksgiving meals, winter coats, clothing, gifts and toys. They do their best to bring love and light to those it serves at the holidays. One example is the Angel Tree, which was created for children from low income families and it can give them Christmas gifts that they otherwise would not be able to provide.

Toys For Tots
The Lake County Marine Toys For Tots Foundation is available. A variety of toys and free gifts are for young children and infants. There may be electronics, games, books, dolls for girls, and more. Registrations occur online.

Breakfast with Santa @ Antioch Golf Club

Breakfast With Santa Antioch Illinois

The Village of Antioch, Antioch Golf Course, and Antioch Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to offer a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 5 & December 12. The event will be held at Antioch Golf Club.

Each day there will be 3 seating’s to enjoy breakfast and meet with Santa. Seating’s are available at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM each day and are specific to when you eat breakfast.

This event is a registration event and pre-sale tickets are $12.00 per person or $15.00 at the door. With your ticket price you get breakfast, meet and greet with Santa, and tickets to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s Frozen Village. Additional activities will be available.

To register for this event you can go online at antioch.il.gov, call at 847-395-2160 or stop in to the parks and recreation office (806 Holbek). For more information related to this event please contact parks and recreation at 847-395-2160 or email at parks@antioch.il.gov.

2015 East Troy Electric Railroad Christmas Train

Our magical ride will take you a half hour from our East Troy Depot (2002 Church Street, East Troy, WI) to Santa’s workshop located at the Elegant Farmer. Here children can visit Santa and get a photo taken with the jolly elf himself! Santa’s workshop wouldn’t be complete without a craft project and some hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy after working on those crafts! The trolleys will be heated and bathrooms are available in our East Troy Depot.

Boarding is only done at our East Troy Depot and advance reservations are required.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, all ticket sales are final.

Tickets can be purchased online click here or in our depot on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 4:30pm through the first weekend in November.

Our volunteers appreciate your interest and support!

November 28-29
December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20


9:30am   |   Noon   |   2:30pm


Adults (ages 12 and up) – $17.50
Children (ages 0-11) – $15.00