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SWAPPING GIGS: Postal "elves" read letters to Santa

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You have to believe to receive from Saint Nick. Sterling Riggs swapped gigs with an elf to see what kids want from Santa this year.

Drop a letter in the mail to Santa in Kentuckiana and it winds up at Louisville's main post office.

More than 5,000 letters a year arrive in Louisville before heading to the North Pole. For more than 100 years, elves like Alisa Zanetti (Marketing Manager for the United States Postal Service) have been helping carry the load by going through all of the letters.

"We always have a lot of kids who ask Santa if they are on the good or bad list," Zanetti said.

Sterling had the honor of helping Saint Nick open a few letters.

People of all ages send their wish lists north. One memorable letter was from a 43-year-old man who wanted Santa to cure his father's cancer. The man also said that he still believes in the magic of Christmas.

The top three most requested items this year are an Xbox, monster dolls and an iPad.

The top three most bizarre requests include an indoor zip line from a bedroom to the kitchen, a lie detector and a winning Powerball ticket.

Zanetti said, "Santa is known worldwide. Every postal employee knows who he is and we have a special bin for his letters to make sure they make it to the North Pole."

Sterling learned that Santa will respond to every letter sent with a return address and it's not too late to put in a request. Just address the envelope to Santa at the North Pole and perhaps your wishes will come true.

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