How will we keep this tra­di­tion alive?

The Modesto Bee - - Opinion - – JoLynn DiGrazia, Tur­lock

I write with grat­i­tude for the Tur­lock com­mu­nity for do­nat­ing over 50,000 toys over the past 23 years. Thou­sands of un­der-served chil­dren at­tended an an­nual “Santa Party” put on by Tur­lock Postal Em­ploy­ees and West­side Min­istries. Our lo­cal Tur­lock postal work­ers col­lected toys along their routes to give to chil­dren. Over the years, many chil­dren in need, as well as chil­dren who had ex­pe­ri­enced loss or trauma, were given an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.

Un­for­tu­nately we have learned that due to strict reg­u­la­tions, the USPS has can­celed this event. Re­cently, a boy came to West­side Min­istries and told his mother, “Mama if we still live here at Christ­mas, I heard Santa comes and brings presents here!”

It is our hope that some­how this boy and many oth­ers will not be dis­ap­pointed. Thank you to the USPS car­ri­ers, the Tur­lock com­mu­nity.

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