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Scarsdale Letter Writers Will Hear From Santa

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The mail is in and Scarsdale children who sent a letter to Santa in one of the special boxes placed around the village shortly after Thanksgiving can expect to hear back soon from the jolly old elf.

Rich Massarroni of the Village Parks and Recreation Department – Santa's right-hand man for this task – said the staff has already begun sorting through the mail and the kids will be getting personalized responses.

"On average, we get between 100 and 175 letters a year," he said Tuesday, adding that the response rate grows every year. "Some lists are short, some ask for 15 things. They usually start off with 'I've been good this year,' or 'I've been bad, but I hope you send something anyway.' It's really cute."

Massarroni said most letters are from children from 3 to 10-years-old, but some comes from middle-schoolers. One of the letters last year was written in French and got a French-language response.

The project has been going on for about 10 years, he said.

"It's pretty neat, something different for the community."

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