As most people know, the cost of mailing letters to Santa at his North Pole workshop has become incredibly expensive lately. But don’t let that get you saying “Bah humbug!” this year. Instead, take advantage of some Christmas-spirit based programs that the City of Greensboro is offering during the holiday season.

So, this Christmas, save all that postage and let the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department mail your kids’ letter to Santa for you.

City officials are happy to do it and they’re publicizing the service.

 In a press release this week, they wrote, “Have you written your letter to Santa yet?  Drop it in one of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department’s Santa Mailboxes at Griffin and Lewis Recreation Centers, or Greensboro Cultural Center now through December 1.”

They add that you should be sure to include your return address so the Big Guy can write you back.

 (The Rhino Times has not been able to independently verify the destination of those letters.)

If you prefer e-mail, send your letter to

The city as well as community-based non-profits will be offering a lot of special holiday-oriented events from now until the end of the year, so keep an eye out for them.

In another enhancement of the holiday season in the city, the Greensboro Youth Council is accepting new and gently used toys through Friday, Dec. 8. for the council’s Santa’s Workshop Toy Drive.

Of course, cash donations in support of the drive are also very welcome. Just drop off your toys at one of a dozen community sites during normal operating hours – or donate money toward the purchase of new gifts at

If you can’t decide what to donate, you can choose a gift from the Youth Council’s Amazon Wishlist.

The Greensboro Youth Council works with local agencies to identify families that need gifts.  The council has been providing holiday gifts to local families for more than four decades.

Here are the Drop Off Locations…

Recreation Centers.

Glenwood Recreation Center, 2010 Coliseum Blvd.

Smith Active Adult Center, 2401 Fairview St.

Trotter Active Adult Center, 3906 Betula St.

Lindley Recreation Center, 2709 Springwood Dr.


Central Library, 219 N. Church Street.

Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Library, 1420 Price Park Dr.

McGirt-Horton Library, 2501 Phillips Ave.

Benjamin Library, 1530 Benjamin Pkwy.


Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St.

State Employees Credit Union – Stoney Creek, 6501 Interstate Dr.