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Citrus Heights woman spreads joy with ‘Letters to Santa’ mailbox

A bright red “Letters to Santa” mailbox stands outside a home in Citrus Heights. // S. Williams

By Sara Beth Williams–
While the official USPS deadline to mail letters to the North Pole has passed, one Citrus Heights family has a special red mailbox for kids who still need to send their requests to Santa.

As reported first by Fox40 earlier this month, the Carden family has put out a bright red mailbox in front of their property designed specifically for sending letters to Santa Claus. The mailbox is located on the corner of their property and is decorated with white lettering and Christmas lights.

In an interview with The Sentinel, Kendra Carden, who obtained the mailbox in 2020, said she loves Christmas and thought the mailbox would be a perfect opportunity to spread Christmas spirit in the community.

This is the first Christmas that the family has lived in Citrus Heights, but Carden began putting out the red mailbox during the pandemic to give families “something to smile about, [and] look forward to.”

“Thought I could bring a smile and some joy!” Carden wrote on a local Facebook group, attaching a photo of the red, decorated mailbox along with her post.

The family’s home is decorated for Christmas with hanging icicle lights, and an inflatable snowman and inflatable presents in the yard. Carden said the whole court has also decorated their homes for the holidays this year.

“It’s free to send a letter to Santa,” she said, adding that she isn’t trying to grant wishes or adopt any of the letters. Carden only wants to spread Christmas joy and maintain “the magic of Christmas” by offering children and families another way to send letters to Santa.

The red mailbox is located on the corner of Florabelle Avenue and Verbana Court, between Van Maren Lane and Garden Gate Drive.

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