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A Postal Glitch Sends Thousands Of Letters To Santa To GE's Headquarters Each Year

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Daily Gazette

Note: Kids, please don't read this story. It's about broccoli and homework, not Santa Claus.

Quick: where does Santa Claus live? Any kid could tell you that the answer is the North Pole, but it turns out Santa also owns property in Schenectady, New York.

Or, at least some of his mail gets delivered there. For decades, General Electric's head office in New York has been flooded with letters to the jolly old elf around Christmastime. It all began when the corporate giant arranged to get its own private zip code from the government.

General Electric's former headquarters in Schenectady.Daily Gazette

The company settled on 12345, since it's so easy to remember. But it's caused a headache for the company ever since, because children filling out Santa's address on their letters love to pick an easy zip code - like 12345.

Until recently the company would just send the letters back to the post office, where teams of volunteers write back to children across America. But one dedicated worker at GE took matters into her own hands, and has spread Christmas cheer to thousands of kids.

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