Santa's Helper in the Mailroom - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/24/02

Santa's Helper in the Mailroom

"It's been a busy year for Santa," says Suzanne Bauman. Her desk has disappeared. Buried under hundreds of letters from the children of the South Plains. "I don't know where that card went," she said.

As an Official Santa Helper, who happens to work for the Post Office, each year Suzanne reports to the North Pole with a long list of Christmas wishes, then dutifully sends off a reply letter. "I've sent out over 400 this year, and that's twice the amount from last year," she said.

The letters start rolling in around July, and kids want to know how they're doing. "Am I on the good list or the bad list?" said one letter. Another child writes, "Watch out for the icicles when you come down the chimney, and don't let the reindeers eat the poinsettias since they are poisonous, and please don't mess up the decorations," it read.

"Last year I got a bible from someone, making sure I knew the true reason for the season," said Bauman. It's a hectic job, but one that offers Suzanne comfort during a time of the year when being joyful doesn't come naturally. "And it's tough because I've lost a child, and its really tough. The holidays are tough. And this really helps in getting through the holidays. I've done it since about a year after my daughter was killed, so..." she said reflectively.

So the letters keep coming and Suzanne keeps responding, making her office a place where receiving is just as important as giving.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • The Latest: US hopes joint Olympic team helps NKorea change

    The Latest: US hopes joint Olympic team helps NKorea change

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 9:19 AM EST2018-01-17 14:19:42 GMT
    Wednesday, January 17 2018 3:09 PM EST2018-01-17 20:09:08 GMT
    South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in the South.
    South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in the South.
  • AP Sources: WH directed Bannon silence in House interview

    AP Sources: WH directed Bannon silence in House interview

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 1:03 AM EST2018-01-17 06:03:38 GMT
    Wednesday, January 17 2018 3:06 PM EST2018-01-17 20:06:06 GMT

    The development brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what the former adviser tells Congress about his time in Trump's inner circle - and whether Republicans on Capitol Hill would force the issue.

    The development brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what the former adviser tells Congress about his time in Trump's inner circle - and whether Republicans on Capitol Hill would force the issue.

  • Ryan presses Dems to back bill keeping government open

    Ryan presses Dems to back bill keeping government open

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 1:23 AM EST2018-01-17 06:23:26 GMT
    Wednesday, January 17 2018 3:05 PM EST2018-01-17 20:05:31 GMT

    Republican leaders are racing against a Friday deadline for pushing a short-term spending bill through Congress.

    Republican leaders are racing against a Friday deadline for pushing a short-term spending bill through Congress.

Powered by Frankly