'Dear Santa Claus'
By Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 18, 2015
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- During the holiday season, members of the 354th Operations Support Squadron's weather flight receive hundreds of letters addressed to the jolly man himself.
Acting on behalf of Mr. Claus, the weather flight elves open the letters from children all over the world. Wish lists, season's greetings and drawings come from children big and small; each are opened to reveal the wishes of the heart.
"It's a great way to boost morale," said Master Sgt. Melody Goode, the 354th OSS weather flight chief. "It's great to spread the good will and cheer of the holidays to the children of the world."
"Santa's Mailbag" was started in 1954 by a group of men with the 58th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron when they decided to help respond to letters addressed to Santa received by the post office. More than 60 years later the program is still going strong.
Those wishing to send letters may mail them to the following address:
2827 Flightline Ave. Suite 100B
Eielson AFB AK 99702-1520
Nothing is required to send with the letter, but donations and a pre-addressed and stamped envelope are greatly appreciated to help defray the cost and keep Santa's Mailbag going for another 60 years.
If letters are received after Christmas, the weather flight sends "late post" letters explaining that Santa was busy, but he still received their list.