Green Valley woman loses tradition of answering Santa's letters - Tucson News Now

Green Valley woman loses tradition of answering Santa's letters

  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • KOLD INVESTIGATES: Hospital in jeopardy

    KOLD INVESTIGATES: Hospital in jeopardy

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:41 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:41:10 GMT
    Chayse Vance was a young lady with an eye for art and a heart of gold, according to her family. She hung herself after a stay at the Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital, which has a shocking number of violations. (Source: Vance Family)Chayse Vance was a young lady with an eye for art and a heart of gold, according to her family. She hung herself after a stay at the Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital, which has a shocking number of violations. (Source: Vance Family)
    Chayse Vance was a young lady with an eye for art and a heart of gold, according to her family. She hung herself after a stay at the Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital, which has a shocking number of violations. (Source: Vance Family)Chayse Vance was a young lady with an eye for art and a heart of gold, according to her family. She hung herself after a stay at the Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital, which has a shocking number of violations. (Source: Vance Family)

    One Tucson hospital stands out in Arizona for its violations. Our investigative team logged and analyzed piles of data from the state department of health services to find out who's to blame and what's being done.

    One Tucson hospital stands out in Arizona for its violations. Our investigative team logged and analyzed piles of data from the state department of health services to find out who's to blame and what's being done.

  • DCS: Toddler died after taking morphine

    DCS: Toddler died after taking morphine

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:00:48 GMT
    Ariel Horn. (Source: Family)Ariel Horn. (Source: Family)
    Ariel Horn. (Source: Family)Ariel Horn. (Source: Family)

    A Cochise County toddler died May 4 after taking a morphine pill she found on the floor, according to the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

    A Cochise County toddler died May 4 after taking a morphine pill she found on the floor, according to the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

  • New X-rated Snapchat channel from Cosmo has parents concerned

    New X-rated Snapchat channel from Cosmo has parents concerned

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:57:14 GMT
    The new "Cosmo After Dark" channel on Snapchat has some parents concerned. Some critics are calling the content pornographic. (WXIX)The new "Cosmo After Dark" channel on Snapchat has some parents concerned. Some critics are calling the content pornographic. (WXIX)
    The new "Cosmo After Dark" channel on Snapchat has some parents concerned. Some critics are calling the content pornographic. (WXIX)The new "Cosmo After Dark" channel on Snapchat has some parents concerned. Some critics are calling the content pornographic. (WXIX)

    The new "Cosmo After Dark" channel on Snapchat has some parents concerned. Some critics are calling the content pornographic.

    The new "Cosmo After Dark" channel on Snapchat has some parents concerned. Some critics are calling the content pornographic.

GREEN VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Christmas may not be so merry for some kids in Southern Arizona this year. A Green Valley woman who normally receives and responds to Santa's letters was told the mail would stop coming to her home.

Call her Ms. Santa Claus. For 25 years, Jackie DeHart and her husband, Ted have received letters addressed to Santa Claus and North Pole from kids across Southern Arizona.

"I love you, I believe in you, I need this, I'd like to have this," said DeHart. "Sometimes I'd have a whole page list of toys they'd want."

It's a hobby and tradition the two had. Even after Ted passed away, DeHart continued writing back to the young children.

"This is something I did for years with Ted and it's still the same thing I had holding onto him," said DeHart.

But, just last week, DeHart says she received a call from the Green Valley Post Office telling her they would stop sending her letters for safety concerns.

"Evidently, they're worried about people picking them up and getting addresses," said DeHart. "Something I can't comprehend."

DeHart is worried this move will spoil Christmas for many young children. She is heartbroken.

"Oh, I think it's horrible. A part of my being is no longer necessary," said DeHart. "You get to a point where you have to be valuable to somebody for something."

DeHart says the postal union in Tucson will now receive the letters to Santa and reply with a card. She is still not satisfied with losing her beloved holiday tradition. She hopes the postal service will have a change of heart next year.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

 

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Tucson HS students to graduate at Gridley Field despite monsoon damage

    Tucson HS students to graduate at Gridley Field despite monsoon damage

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:06 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:06:37 GMT
    Despite being damaged during last summer's monsoon, Gridley Stadium will host tonight's Tucson High School graduation ceremony. (Source: KOLD News 13)Despite being damaged during last summer's monsoon, Gridley Stadium will host tonight's Tucson High School graduation ceremony. (Source: KOLD News 13)
    (Source: KOLD News 13)(Source: KOLD News 13)

    Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said crews have cleaned the turf and track, adding it’s suitable for the big celebration.

    Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said crews have cleaned the turf and track, adding it’s suitable for the big celebration.

  • Educators concerned about state official's view of evolution

    Educators concerned about state official's view of evolution

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:42 AM EDT2018-05-24 13:42:07 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)
    Source: Tucson News NowSource: Tucson News Now

    Audio recently surfaced of Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas at a Republican candidate forum saying, "Should the theory of intelligent design be taught along with the theory of evolution? Absolutely."

    Audio recently surfaced of Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas at a Republican candidate forum saying, "Should the theory of intelligent design be taught along with the theory of evolution? Absolutely."

  • Arizona wins national championship in women's golf

    Arizona wins national championship in women's golf

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:20 AM EDT2018-05-24 12:20:54 GMT

    Arizona wins the third NCAA Women's Golf Championship in program history.

    Arizona wins the third NCAA Women's Golf Championship in program history.

Powered by Frankly