Powell's Parks and Recreation Department is helping children get their Christmas wish lists to Santa Claus this holiday season.

Powell's Parks and Recreation Department is helping children get their Christmas wish lists to Santa Claus this holiday season.

The city has offered the service since 2002, said Jeff Robinson, Powell spokesperson.

"We typically get between 200 and 300 letters," he said, noting that each letter writer receives a return response on special stationery.

St. Nick's specially decorated mailbox has been placed outside the Village Green Municipal Building, 47 Hall St., where children can drop off their letters to Santa, a press release said.

Children can write their own letters, or download a letter-to-Santa form from Powell's Web site, www.cityofpowell.us. The form can be accessed by clicking a link in the "scrolling news" section at the bottom of the home page.

Letter writers should be sure to print their return address on their letters so they can receive a letter back from Santa before Christmas.

All letters to Santa must be received no later than Sunday, Dec. 13, in order to allow time for a return letter.

Children also may deliver their letters in person during the "Holidays in Powell" event, from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Village Green Municipal Building and Village Green Park.