NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Three local postal workers have been charged with writing phony letters for Operation Santa for their own advantage, and stealing gifts for underprivileged children.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, the postal workers – Terry Jackson, Mahogany Strickland, and Nickyeves Saintalbord – are accused in federal charges of stealing Christmas like the Grinch in 2013.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, people did not mince words when they heard the allegations.
“How could you do that to children? How do you do that to children?” said Millie Luz of the Upper West Side.
“Shameful; greedy,” said Gregory Ford of Hollis, Queens.
“Shocking,” said Kevin Baumann. “It’s disappointing to hear.”
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The annual Operation Santa Christmas drive allows the public to peruse letters sent to Santa at the James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan, and then provide gifts requested by poor children who would otherwise have very little.