The letters that pour into the James A. Farley Post Office for "Operation Santa Claus" are overwhelmingly from kids or parents facing hard times. They ask for gifts such as gloves, video games or, as one recent writer desired, "magic dust."
Their letters, addressed to the North Pole, end up here. They're opened by postal employees, separated by location and made available for New Yorkers willing to act on Santa's behalf. But some people worry about the future of Operation Santa -- which received more than 500,000 letters last year -- once the post office becomes the new Moynihan Station transit hub with Madison Square Garden.