Looking to Interview Recipients of Charity

My last semester of college started on Monday and already I’m knee-deep in planning for projects. In my my magazine writing course, my professor handed out an article from December’s New York Times: What Happens to Letters to Santa Claus From New York City Children?

You can read the original story here but the gist of it is about letters to Santa Claus that are answered by members of the United States Postal Service. Operation Santa is not a charity, but rather a gesture of good will by employees of the USPS who have been responding to letters in the New York City area for over 70 years.  letter-to-santa

After digging into the Times’ article, searching for potential follow-up stories on USPS operations, salaries, etc., I thought an interesting piece (and more happier) would be to focus on a child who got a response from Santa, the Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, so on and so forth.

Is there anyone out there who, as a child, received any type charity or warm greeting (gift, card, visit, phone call) which had a lasting impression on their life? You do not have to be a recipient of Operation Santa, perhaps any charitable association who positively (even negatively) impacted your life heading into the adult future.

If you are willing to share your story, please comment below and let me know! Your name will be changed if you wish. Any story I produce will be for mine and my professor’s eyes only.

If you want to contact me anonymously, e-mail sarahmastroni@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Andrea Stella, a volunteer with Operation Santa, choked up while reading children’s letters to Santa Claus with Mike Catsam at the James A. Farley Post Office Building in Manhattan. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Andrea Stella, a volunteer with Operation Santa, choked up while reading children’s letters to Santa Claus with Mike Catsam at the James A. Farley Post Office Building in Manhattan. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

 

Thank You Blogosphere!

I haven’t posted since the death of my dog after Thanksgiving, but despite that, I’ve been seriously slacking. This semester at school was one of my hardest and with all the papers and presentations I had to work on, this blog took a hit; however, I would like to thank everyone who took a minute to read my posts and comment. Your feedback and stories and love and criticism is why I have been exposing my thoughts on the world wide web for over three years.

2015 for sarah On The Go! is going to see some major posting: travel adventures (starting with Miami next week) and more! The site itself will undergo some much needed visual transformations, too. I miss venting, rambling, and sharing myself with you guys. I’ll be back!

PS: Remember to forget New Year resolutions and start that Life List already!! (Link at the top of my page) Happy adventuring. 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! 

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