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Be one of Santa's helpers this year


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- With just a little over a week until Christmas, Santa's mailbox is filling up fast.

This year, along with letters asking for toys, are an increasing number of requests for warm coats, food and help paying the electric bill to keep the heat on, according to an ABC News report.

New York is where most of the letters to Santa arrive each year from around the world. The head of the U.S. Postal Service Operation Santa in New York is expecting about 2 million letters this year. The post office then has volunteers who come in and read the letters and try to answer the children's wishes.

Post offices in two dozen other locations across the country also accept letters, including in Chilton, Wisconsin. Most are addressed simply to "Santa Claus, North Pole."

Though many considered last year to be the toughest financially since the economic downturn, the head of NY's Operation Santa said it appears that more people are struggling this year, both from the letters and the decreased amount of volunteers who sign up to fulfill some of the writers' wishes.

If you want to help a family you can click here for a list of participating post offices.

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