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Letters to Santa are being accepted by two local groups, the North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks and North Tonawanda Library.

The Department of Youth's Letters to Santa program asks boys and girls of all ages to send Santa a letter to let him know how their year has been going. Santa will then send them a special note.

Parents or guardians are asked to include pertinent family information so that letters can be personalized. Return mailing addresses must be included.

The program is open to North Tonawanda residents only, and letters can be directed to: Santa's Helpers c/o North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks, 460 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda, NY 14120.

Letters must be submitted by Dec. 10.

The library is offering a "Polar Express" celebration, which is currently under way and will continue through Dec. 13 at the library, 505 Meadow Drive.

Children should read a book and return a reading form to the library to receive a free book. They also will be entered to win a prize. Each week there is also a "Polar Express" handout.

Children also will have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa. Each letter will be placed in a scrapbook to be delivered to Santa at the library's "Polar Express" party at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

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