The photos on the lower half of this page show volunteers reading letters to Santa in the Los Angeles post office on Central Avenue in December, 2013.
At the top of this page, we see children and Moms receiving gifts on Christmas Eve, 2004. At that time, the postal service still left children’s home addresses on their letters, and volunteers could deliver gifts directly to families’ front doors.
In 2008, the postal service began removing children’s home addresses to protect their privacy, and only postal workers may deliver gifts now.
We hope one day media will follow postal workers as they deliver gifts from volunteers. For now, these are the best photos we have of children and families receiving gifts.
Journalists may click here to download a 100 MB+ folder of high resolution photos, scans of children’s letters to Santa. On that page, there is also a separate link to download a package of broadcast quality HD video B-roll.
When clickable, the photos link to a corresponding high resolution file of that photo.
Scroll further down this page for the newer photos of volunteers reading letters to Santa in Los Angeles in 2013. All the photos on this page were taken by volunteer Patrick Reynolds, except the ones he is in; no attribution is required.
Be An Elf volunteer Hans Dohm delivers Christmas gifts
on Christmas eve, 2004. Since 2008, only mail carriers do this.
A mother is overwhelmed with surprise and delight. “I had
no money to buy my children presents this year.
Thank you so much! This is wonderful.” And —
With that, she began to cry.
Hans just held her while she sobbed.
Three single mothers were all smiles. The Moms and their
kids were sharing this home. They said there was
no bed, and Hans got them a bed.
Guess who wrote to Santa! Our guess is, she
shared her gifts with her sisters.
Above: volunteer Patrick Reynolds reads letters to Santa in Los Angeles on December 3, 2013.