GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Among the packages and Christmas cards people will receive over the course of the week, children in the Piedmont may be the first ones running to the mailbox.
Many are waiting to hear from Santa after writing him letters.
It’s a big task to respond to so many children, which is why Santa used a special contract to recruit some help in the Piedmont.
"We have a contract with him that allows us to screen all his letters so he can get back to them at a quick rate,” Wade Walcutt, director of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department, said.
For weeks, thousands of children at local recreation centers have been writing the North Pole to requests specific gifts for this year.
Popular items included hoverboards, toys from the movie Frozen, as well as Star Wars toys.
However, some children used the letters to think about others.
One child wrote, "I hope for this Christmas my siblings are getting the majority of what they wished for."
Being that Walcutt has close connections with Santa, he says he put in a good word for children in Greensboro.
"The nice kids have increased by about 93 percent now, so I think the Greensboro kids are going to be in good shape for this Christmas," he said.
This is the fourth year the City of Greensboro has offered the Santa’s Mailbox Project.