PLATSBURGH – Letters to Santa can be dropped off at a certified North Pole PO Box at Fesette Realty in Plattsburgh.
“It was something we hadn’t anticipated,” said Cara Teeple, licensed real estate agent.
“I went into Neil’s (Fesette, broker / owner) office one day and was just thinking.”
Teeple had heard from many of his family and friends that they weren’t really decorating for Christmas.
“They just didn’t want to this year,” she said.
“A lot of people just weren’t really in mind with everything that was going on. I was just trying to think of something that maybe could promote it to another level, even in the office, so that our agents would be mind-stimulated. I had this idea to have a mailbox from Santa Claus.
In a day and a half, the Fesette team ran with Rudolf.
“We actually built it all,” she said.
“I found a plan for this. We asked our graphic designer to paint everything. In two days, everything was built and ready to go.
The staff decorated the exterior with garlands and lights.
“It’s fully live now,” Teeple said.
“If you cross the Oval, that’s just the main road. This door is just the front door that no one uses, so we figured it would be a good door where people can either walk from the sidewalk or just go through. It doesn’t bother anything, so we can keep the display 24/7. “
When letters are dropped, it makes an authentic drop box sound.
“We built it to look like a letterbox,” she said.
“A few of us, we’ve built it all to mimic a USPS PO Box. “
Depositors can pick up candy canes marked with “Have a FESTIVE Vacation!” Of a tray.
“We put the Fesette logo in, but then we cut it in half,” she said.
“So instead of saying Fesette, it’s written ‘FES’ with the first part of the logo, then it says ‘tive Holiday!’
“All the children will receive a personalized letter. All they have to do is drop it off, and we’ll do the rest. We kind of did it in a way where it looks like Fesette Realty is just helping to facilitate with Santa’s helpers this year.
Letters to Santa Claus is a non-contact activity for families.
“We’re trying to get the word out a bit,” Teeple said.
“It’s the first week of December, so we still have some time. It is an activity that people can do in and out of the house. We can spread some joy in a sure way for 2020. ”
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