Who still writes letters in the 21st century?
Santa Claus, that’s who.
For three years, Mail Depot owner Maureen McGuigan, known to friends as “Mo,” has been sprinkling a little holiday magic on Petaluma children in the form of a letter writing campaign.
Children are invited to pen a letter to Santa and deposit it in the special mail drop inside the store by December 21. (Be sure to include a return address.)
McGuigan responds to each one, typing out the letters on her computer, then signing ‘Santa’ with the flourish of a red pen. Presents are not included.
“It’s fun to read kids’ letters,” says McGuigan, whose Mail Depot is known as much as a community gathering spot (coffee, pastries, outdoor seating area) as a place to send a package.
“I pour myself a glass of wine and start writing. A lot of the times I know the parents, so I’ll write something in there about the family.”
One year, McGuigan received a request for 365 gifts from one child, she recalls, laughing. “I try to be realistic and explain that there are a lot of kids in the world and Santa can only bring one gift per kid. It’s great to see what types of things kids write.”