Not every child is going to have a sunny holiday season. For some kids, there may not be enough money to purchase presents or even get new clothes or shoes. For 109 years, the US Postal Service has run Operation Santa – which is an easy way to help a child in need this holiday season. Children’s letters to Santa are distributed to people who can help make their holidays a little brighter. It’s really easy to adopt a letter and make a difference in a child’s life.. read on for how to do this all on the USPS’s website for Operation Santa.
As of right now through mid December, the USPS is accepting letters for Operation Santa. Letters must be postmarked by Dec. 10, and will be uploaded to USPSOperationSanta.com through Dec. 15 for potential adoption.
Since the program began, hundreds of thousands of less-fortunate children and their families have been helped by the kindness of others.
Whether you believe in Santa or not, the nondenominational program is intended to help as many deserving families as possible experience a happy holiday season. And that can only happen if there are letters to post on USPSOperationSanta.com.
Participation in USPS Operation Santa is simple. All you have to do is write a letter, put it in an envelope affixed with a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, and make sure you include your full return address — apartment number, directional information (i.e., E Main St, Apt 103) and ZIP Code — and send it to Santa’s official workshop address:
123 Elf Road
North Pole, 88888
IMPORTANT: Letters without full return addresses or names will not be posted for adoption.
The letter writer can put whatever they want on their wish list, but please be specific with sizes, colors, styles, favorite authors, book titles, toys, etc., the better chance their wishes will be granted if their letter is adopted.
When someone writes a letter, it is opened by Santa’s elves, and for safety reasons, all personally identifiable information of the letter writer is removed (i.e., last name, address, ZIP Code) and uploaded to USPSOperationSanta.com for adoption. Letters must be postmarked by Dec. 10 and letters will be uploaded to the website for adoption through Dec. 15.
There is no guarantee that letters submitted to the program will be adopted. On the USPS Operation Santa Website, you can find 4 types downloadable stationary to print out and write your letter on.
If You Want to Adopt a Letter to Help a Child in Need
Adopter registration, ID verification and letter adoption will open very soon. Until then, there are a few things to know for those who plan to adopt a letter.
Potential adopters, once approved, can visit USPSOperationSanta.com, read through the posted letters, pick one or more that they’d like to fulfill, and follow the directions on how to grant that special wish for a child. For security reasons, all potential adopters must be vetted through a short registration and ID verification process before they can adopt any letter. If you’ve adopted letters in the past, you must still be verified each year.
Businesses may also get into the spirit of the season by creating teams to adopt letters — all the better to help grant those special wishes to deserving families and kids. This is an opportunity to give back this holiday season! Operation Santa is a simple way how to help a child in need this holiday season. Make sure to go to https://www.uspsoperationsanta.com/.