Be An Elf’s list of 2016 USPS Operation Santa ® Branches

Below is Be An Elf’s 2016 list of Operation Santa postal branches. The branches in Southern California offer the letters for adoption just two days per week, for only two hours at a time, while other branches have much longer hours, as in Boston, Chicago, and New York City. So before visiting a branch, first call its info line, ready to write down the dates and hours of operation. You might also get a live staff person. 

We have listed the 2016 times for some cities below; in others, the Hotlines or live staff will let you know what dates and times you may adopt children’s letters, and what dates you may drop off packages for mailing.

Be sure to check out our tips, like giving a holiday party, and sharing the letter adopting, shopping, gift wrapping, and the cost with friends. Some volunteers prefer to adopt extra letters; they send families Target or Wal Mart gift cards, and leave the shopping to the Moms. See our How To Be An Elf page. 

If your city is not listed below, see our other ways to volunteer at Christmas. Ho, ho, ho, and thanks for Being An Elf!




At all three Southern California locations, letters may be adopted only on the days and times below. 

December 6, 8, 13 and 15th 
11am to 1pm only
Last day to adopt: December 15th

Los Angeles

Los Angeles District Office
7001 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90051

Go to the building at the North end of the large parking lot.

USPS Info Hotline
(323) 586-4380


Santa Ana

Same days and times listed above.

Santa Ana District PO
3101 W. Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana CA 92799
Corner of Sunflower and Susan

USPS Info Hotline
(714) 662-6227

Santa Clarita

Same days and times listed above.

Sierra Coastal District
28201 Franklin Pkwy
Santa Clarita CA 91383
Enter Gate 2

USPS Info Hotline:
(661) 775-6731



San Francisco

December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 2016
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am – 1pm 
Last day to drop off a package: December 23rd

Main San Francisco Post Office
1300 Evans Street
San Francisco CA 94188
Post office lobby

USPS Info 


December 6 – December 20
Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm

Bay Valley District Post Office
1675 Seventh Street
Oakland CA 94615
Lobby or Room 330

USPS Info 
(510) 874-8737


November 28 – December 15, 2016
Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Last day to mail packages: December 15th, 2016

Royal Oaks PO
2000 Royal Oaks Drive
Sacramento CA 95813
Passport Lobby

USPS Info 
(916) 263-7161 



Orlando, FL

Orlando Main Post Office
10401 Post Office Blvd
Orlando FL 32862

USPS Info:
(407) 826-3450




Monday – Saturday, starting December 5th through December 23rd
7:30 am to 7 pm 
Sundays, 10am – 6pm, within the above dates

Last day to drop off gifts for mailing: December 23rd

Chicago District Post Office
433 W Harrison St
Chicago IL 60607
Lobby, 2nd Floor Mezzanine

USPS Info 
(312) 523-5840 or  (312) 983-8017




November 28 – December 17th
Last day to drop off packages December 21st

Monday – Friday
8am – 4:30pm
Saturday, 7 – 1pm

Greater Boston District Post Office
25 Dorchester Ave
Boston MA 02205
Adjacent to South Station train tracks

USPS Info 
(617) 654-5802




Newark Main Post Office
2 Federal Sq. Rm 211
Newark, NJ 07102

USPS  Info 
(973) 693-5231



New York City 

Monday – Saturday, December 6th – December 23rd
9am – 4pm, and Thursdays till 7pm 

Last day to adopt, December 23rd
Last day to drop off gifts for mailing: January 6th 

James A. Farley Post Office
421 8th Ave
New York, NY 10199

(212) 330-3000 




Program started November 14th 
10am – 7pm

Cincinnati P& DC
1623 Dalton Ave, Room 331-A
Cincinnati OH 45234

USPS Info Hotline
(513) 684-5133 


Northern Ohio District Post Office
Consumer & Industry Affairs
2400 Orange Ave RM 25
Cleveland OH 44101

USPS Contact: Operation Santa Staff
(216) 443-4416



Oklahoma City, OK

Last day to adopt: December 17th, 2016

Oklahoma City Processing and Distribution Center
4025 W Reno Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73125

USPS Contact: Sonya Dulan
(405) 815-2302




November 28 through December 9th
Monday through Friday, from 12:00noon to 3:00pm
Last day to adopt: December 9th, 2016

Philadelphia Main PO
3000 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
In the lobby.

USPS Contact: Devra A. Jamison
(215) 895-8631 



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