Kids have been writing letters to Santa Claus forever, asking for everything from toys to basic necessities. This year, you can spread some Christmas cheer by helping Santa answer one of those letters through the United States Post Office’s program called Operation Santa.
This week, the USPS launched a new website allowing the general public to view and “adopt” letters from children and families in need. After removing last names and addresses, scanning the letters, and posting them online, the USPS forwards every letter to Santa at the North Pole.
Visit the USPS Operation Santa website, click on “Adopt a Letter,” and choose a letter that tugs at your heart. Although the website just went live and we aren’t finding any letters available yet, Santa gets more mail than anyone we know! We’re expecting that there will be tons of letters to choose from very soon.
You can adopt a letter from a hopeful child or from a parent who’s writing on behalf of their family. You can even pick a letter from someone in your local community or state! Christmas wishes come in all shapes and sizes, so choose one that speaks to you and fits within your budget.
You can also adopt letters as a team with a group of people from your neighborhood, religious organization, or workplace! Shop, wrap, and mail your gift(s) by December 20th in time for delivery by Christmas. Finally, help spread the word about this great cause by sharing your experience on social media with the hashtag #USPSOperationSanta!
If you want to learn more about supporting this program or if you or a family you know would like to send a letter to Operation Santa, you can find out more at BeAnElf.org. Be An Elf is not affiliated with the USPS, but it’s a non-profit organization that offers assistance for both Operation Santa volunteers and families in need.