(KTLA) – Those hoping to help fulfill a child’s holiday gift wish in need can now send a letter to Santa through the US Postal Service’s “Santa Activities” program, the agency announced this week.
Adopters can visit USPSOperationSanta.com to browse through letters sent from children and families around the country and choose one or more gifts they would like to buy and send to the writer on Santa’s behalf.
“For the past three weeks, the Post Office has been delivering mail from all over the country to Santa’s workshop at 123 Elf Street. And today, they are ready for completion,” the USPS announced Monday.
USPS “Operation Santa Claus” began 109 years ago to help those in need during the holiday season. The agency says the program has helped hundreds of thousands of people.
Previously, volunteers could screen mail from children at post offices and select one or more letters. In the midst of last year’s coronavirus pandemic, the Post Office announced it was running a nationwide campaign, bringing mail from around the country online.
“Dear Santa,” many of the letters begin before asking for various gifts, including game consoles, bicycles, phones and toy sets.
“How’s your reindeer?” a sender named Orion asked Santa Claus.
The program begins accepting mail from November 1, but families in need can still send letters to Santa.
Mail must be in a First Class Mail stamped envelope. Senders must also provide their full return address – apartment number, directions and ZIP code – and mail it to Santa’s official workshop address: Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888.
Letters must be postmarked by December 10 and will be uploaded to the website through December 15. The last day to approve letters is December 22.
After selecting a letter to adopt, the user is instructed in the email to ensure the gift arrives on time. The adopter will be responsible for the cost of shipping the gift packages.
Messages are posted to the site twice daily, and there is now a countdown timer so participants know when new messages will be posted.
You can find more information on how to properly address and stamp a perfect letter to Santa on the USPS website.
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