MISSISSIPPI – Times are tough and the holidays can be stressful. Every day can be a struggle for some families who are just trying to make ends meet. Everyone deserves to experience the magic of the holiday season. This is where the USPS Operation Santa program comes in.
USPS Operation Santa has been granting wishes for 109 years. Letters have been pouring in since November 1 this year, but there’s still time to send your best wishes to the big guy this season.
Simply write a physical letter to Santa, put it in an envelope, include a full return address – full name, mailing address, apartment number, city, state and zip code – add a postage stamp and send it by mail. Letters must be postmarked before December 10. These letters fill out USPSOperationSanta.com. Envelopes without full names and full return addresses will not be displayed. Envelopes without postage stamps will not arrive at the location.
USPS Operation Santa was created by the Postal Service to help those in need while on vacation. Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not, the non-denominational program aims to help as many deserving families as possible have a happy holiday season. And that can only happen if there are letters to post on USPSOperationSanta.com.
The letters arrive at Santa’s satellite workshop in the United States, they are reviewed, all personal information is written to protect the authors, and the letters are posted for generous people to adopt. Adoption of the letter begins on November 29. Those interested in adopting the letter must first create an account on the website and have their identity verified. Just follow the instructions. Letter writers do NOT need to create an account. There is no guarantee that a letter will be adopted or that a gift will be offered. This program relies solely on the generosity of strangers and random acts of kindness.
How to write the perfect letter
Writing the personal letter just takes a little time. Including specific information – sizes, styles and colors for clothes and shoes, book titles and toy names – makes it easier for the letter adopter to achieve their wishes.
All the information you need can be found on USPSOperationSanta.com and in the Postal Service’s Vacation Newsroom.
The Postal Service generally does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.