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 and sends gifts to needy children.




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 and where to volunteer for the USPS Operation Santa program. You’ll find tips for gifts for children, a link to the USPS National Directory of Operation Santa postal branches, and plenty more. In 2013, only 17 postal branches nationwide offered the program, mostly in large cities. If there is no branch near you, we offer some excellent other ways to be an Elf.


Give a Christmas party and share the work, the cost and the fun. Ask each friend to bring one or more gifts, and wrap them at your 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.


So go get your letters, give a party, and post this site on Facebook or tweet it using the icons above!


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 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 101 years ago, in 1912, and has never missed a year.


If you can’t volunteer to send gifts to needy children who write to Santa, please donate online to Be An Elf or give by check to support our group’s gift giving, mission and cause. You may give anonymously online.


Your gift will help get more gifts to needy kids and recruit more 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.


Please donate online or volunteer to be an Elf!




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