That didn't take long.
After participating in the program for 15 years the Postal Service decided post offices across the state could not collect toys this holiday season for the Toys for Tots program, because asking customers to donate has been deemed a form of solicitation that violates a U.S. Postal Service policy.
After thinking about it, the Postal Service did an about-face:
"We are going to put the boxes back," Maureen Marion, a postal service spokesman, said Thursday night. "In those offices that have traditionally had Toys for Tots boxes, they will be restored for this season." Last Friday toy donation boxes began disappearing from post office lobbies after officials interpreted that federal regulations prohibit solicitations on postal property.Translation, we will try to stop this program again next year. Add this to the War against Christmas file.
But upon further review, Marion said, the boxes will be coming back. "We should have brought other postal officials into this discussion," said Marion, adding that "we will revisit how to interpret the law and how it affects those involved."