Spread holiday cheer by joining USPS and Santa

The seeing eye

CHRISTMAS OPERATION: With USPS Operation Santa, individuals and organizations can send responses and thoughtful gifts in Santa’s place.

To participate in the USPS Operation Santa program as a possible recipient of holiday gifts, write a letter, put it in a stamped envelope with a return address and send it to Santa’s official workshop address, 123 Elf Road, North Pole 88888. Letters will be accepted through Dec. 15.

The USPS Operation Santa program celebrates its 108th year in 2020 by opening up for nationwide participation.

Information on how to write a letter, and address and stamp an envelope can be found at uspsoperationsanta.com/get involved or about.usps.com/holidaynews/operation-santa.htm.

Beginning today, letters will be available for nationwide adoption by visiting USPSOperationSanta.com. For security reasons, potential adopters must be vetted by going through a short registration and ID verification process before they are allowed to adopt any letter.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Christmas Market at Woodland Cellars Mansion, 3128 Logan Way, Liberty, will be 5 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature crafters, artisans, baked goods and wine.

Visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

TRAVELING FOOD PANTRY: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and Salem Regional Medical Center will host another Traveling Food Pantry from 11 a.m. Saturday until supplies are depleted.

Cars must enter and exit the food distribution from the medical center’s East Third Street parking lot. There will be a one-way entrance into the distribution site. The Ohio National Guard and Salem City Police Department will be onsite to assist with traffic.

Recipients’ trunks must be open and clear of all other belongings and their windows must be rolled up. Recipients are not to exit their vehicle for any reason.

ESSAY CONTEST: High school students are invited to enter the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest.

The contest is sponsored by The Mahoning Valley Chapter and is open to students attending public, parochial, private or accredited home schools in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

A $5,000 first prize, medal and certificate are awarded to the winner of the national contest.

The topic for the essay shall deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence or the framing of the United States Constitution. The contest is for an original essay having a minimum of 800 words and not to exceed 1,200 words, excluding title page and bibliography.

Contest entries are due by Dec. 15. Rules and other information about the contest can be obtained by contacting Scott Davis, 234-719-9730 or MVCSSAR@gmail.com


¯ Glimmer of Hope — 8:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall, 2555 Rush Blvd., Youngstown.

¯ Gamblers Anonymous — closed meeting, 7:30 p.m., Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman.


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