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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.

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