November 09, 2007 12:16 ET
Santa's Post Office Prepares for a Busy Season ... Guinness World Records™ Holder Gets Ready to Deliver
Jolly Elf Expected to Receive One Million Letters Again This Year !
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2007) - Santa Claus has always been a popular pen pal... For the past six years, more than a million children have sent him their thoughts and greetings along with, of course, the ever popular wish list! Santa is so popular that Canada Post, because of the amount of mail that passes through the North Pole Post Office, has been named the Guinness World Records™ Holder for the most letters received and replied to by mail.
For 26 years now, Canada Post has officially helped Santa respond to more than 15 million letters from children. Santa has received more than one million letters each year for the past six years, and the company (or Santa!) doesn't expect this year to be any different. Even Santa's computer is kept busy this time of year as many children (more than 44,000 last year) write to Santa through his website at canadapost.ca/santascorner.
"Every year, Canada Post volunteers help Santa reply to those million letters," says Robert Waite, Canada Post's senior vice-president of Stakeholder Relations and Brand. "No easy feat considering these elves are already busy delivering some 55 million pieces of mail each day. This Guinness World Record is welcome recognition for the volunteers who work so hard to ensure Santa's mail receives the attention it deserves."
It's this dedication, as much as the effort, that Guinness World Records is recognizing. "This Guinness World Record should be celebrated by all of Santa's Postal Elves," says Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records. "Our recognition of this accomplishment - more than 1.06 million letters received and responded to by mail - is addressed to all of Santa's helpers at Canada Post. Congratulations!"
More than 11,000 current and retired Canada Post employees, affectionately called Postal Elves, help Santa to ensure that every child's letter gets an answer in the language in which the letter was written, including Braille. Santa reminds all his young friends that it is very important to include a complete return address, so that Canada Post can deliver his reply. Children can send their letters to Santa at:
NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
Children can also visit canadapost.ca/santascorner where they can send an email to Santa and discover many fun activities including a podcast from Santa and a glimpse into life at the North Pole through Santa's diary.
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A Backgrounder is available at the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/ba1109.pdf