NOTE: Be An Elf  needs your support to send gifts to the needy children whose letters we adopted this year. Most are asking Santa only for  “new shoes,” “clothes,” “Christmas dinner,” or a particular toy. We’re an all-volunteer org with no paid staff, so your tax-deductible gift will go toward the gifts we are sending to their families through December 24th. Please click on our Donate button at the upper left. If you can adopt your own letter, read on, but if you can’t, please donate now. 




Answer a letter to Santa
written by a child who needs
a brighter Christmas

You can read real letters to Santa from needy kids, take home one or more that move you, and then send your gift through the USPS Operation Santa program.

There’s no middle man or charity. It’s micro-philanthropy, direct from you to a child, when you volunteer in this way. 

You’ll catch the true spirit of the holidays, and put smiles on the faces of needy kids on Christmas morning.

Every year Be An Elf answers Santa letters from low income children and sends them gifts.


The program starts the first week of December and ends just before Christmas. Come alone or bring your kids!


Be An Elf is the best resource available to learn How to be an Elf for the USPS Operation Letters to Santa program. On that page, you’ll find a link to the latest National Directory of USPS Operation Santa postal branches. In 2014, only 20 postal branches nationwide offer the program, mostly in large cities, but that’s up from 17 in 2013. If there are no participating branches near you, our site offers some excellent Other Ways to Be An Elf.


We suggest you host a small Christmas gathering and share the work, the cost and the fun. Ask each friend to bring one or more gifts, and wrap them at the party. Volunteer Elf Lauren in Brooklyn, NY, gave a Christmas party and asked her friends to bring a gift or contribute toward the cost, and they wrapped the gifts together. At  our How to be an Elf page you’ll find other great tips, too, such as our suggestions for buying gifts for children.


So go get your letters, give a party, and please tell your friends. Post this site on Facebook or tweet it, using the icons above. We also hope news orgs will add it to their websites, or better still, have anchors mention this page at the end of their Christmas story about the wonderful USPS Operation Santa program. If they do, the public will be easily able to find out where to participate in the letters to Santa program.


Be An Elf’s mission is to make more underprivileged children smile on Christmas morning, and to inspire people with the real spirit of Christmas. We also send gifts to needy families and kids, and create awareness of the USPS® Operation Letters to Santa program, with a goal of recruiting new volunteers for it. Operation Santa was started by the USPS just over 100 years ago, and has never missed a year.


If you can’t volunteer to adopt a letter or two and send gifts to needy children who the letter to Santa, please donate online to Be An Elf or give by check to support our group’s gift giving, mission and cause. 


Your gift will help get more gifts to needy kids and recruit new volunteers for the Operation Santa program. Together we can bring joy to children in need on Christmas morning.


Please post this link on your Facebook page or tweet it, using the icons above — or send your friends a message like this sample email and tweet.


Please donate online or volunteer to Be an Elf!




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