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A Recs and Park Department helps spread the Christmas magic in Ventura County

Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District collected letters for Santa
EMILY RAAB
Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District collected letters for Santa

With just over a week to go until Christmas Day, letters from children and families from around the Central and South Coast have been mailed to Santa, including those dropped in a giant red mailbox in Ventura County.

Santa's elves might look a little different this year - more like the staff of Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park.

It’s the third year in a row that a giant red mailbox specifically for Santa’s mail has been set up by the District, outside the Community Center in Camarillo.

Connor Soudani, Recreation Coordinator at Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District, says it’s the most popular year yet with over 400 letters posted before the cut off date of December 13.

“Christmas is such a magical time of the year for children, and it is truly a joy to bring a little of that magic to the children in our community with this chance to write a letter to Santa,” said Soudani.

Every letter Santa received via the mailbox, is guaranteed to receive a thoughtful reply from Santa himself.

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