Letters to Santa mailbox arrives at CHI Health Good Samaritan

Letters to Santa mailbox
Letters to Santa mailbox(CHI Health Good Samaritan)
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 4:41 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Outside of the CHI Health Good Samaritan hospital’s West Tower, a “Letters to Santa” mailbox popped up on Tuesday.

The Christmas-themed red metal box is intended to encourage children to write and send their letters to Santa Claus voicing how they have been kind during the holiday season.

All children who send letters that include a return mailing address will receive a hand-written letter from the desk of Santa in return.

“Because of the pandemic, Santa isn’t able to make his yearly trip to Good Samaritan. Sending one of his magical mailboxes is the next best thing! And focusing on kindness, rather than toys and money that are in short supply, is very timely for us all. Kindness is always free, always available, and the perfect gift to give to celebrate our Savior’s birth,” says Michael Schnieders, president, Good Samaritan.

The mailbox will disappear by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16.

The importance of celebrating the true meaning of Christmas is featured on the mailbox in a rhyme from Santa, himself:

“During the holiday season, you will be busy each day,

But I want to know your acts of kindness that you spread in every way.

Write to me rather, what kind things you’ve done.

What you do and what you say to your friends, family, ANYONE!

There is so much more to Christmas than gifts, and food and fun,

But rather the kindness in your heart, that you share with everyone!”

The CHI Health Employee Engagement Team is leading the “Letters to Santa” project at Good Samaritan. They have enlisted help from the hospital’s Volunteer Service League to aid in the hand-written personalized letters process for each child.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruptions personal finances, in addition to the nation’s supply chain, return letters will not confirm the gift of a particular toy or item. Instead, they will focus on Santa’s acknowledgement, encouragement and pride for the child’s efforts to remain on the “nice list” over the course of the year—not just the holiday season.

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