Press Room

November 28, 2011
Author: beanelf

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Press Release

 

 

BeAnElf.org offers the best online guide to the USPS Operation Santa program for answering letters to Santa Claus from needy children

 

 

A great resource for learning about Operation Santa.

 

 

Volunteering is a perfect way to get Christmas spirit!

 

 

 

Los Angeles — On December 2nd, the USPS’ Operation Santa program began offering to the public letters to Santa written by underprivileged children. Volunteers may adopt letters and send gifts directly to needy kids through the mail. Postal branches in 2o major cities offered Operation Santa in 2014.

 

The public may pick up letters to Santa from children and families asking Santa for “a warm coat”, “food or clothes” or “shoes for my older brother,” written by kids who need a brighter Christmas. They may then return to the same post office and mail their gifts to the child or family. It’s micro-philanthropy, direct from volunteers to children,  with no charity involved when volunteers participate in this way. Be An Elf hopes their volunteer Elves catch the Christmas spirit.

 

The website BeAnElf.org/ provides the best available information on how to participate in the venerable USPS Operation Santa program. The site lets people know how and where to get letters to Santa, lists participating postal branches, offers photos and tips for gifts like backpacks, school supplies, new clothes, books, and a small gift for Moms, who the site notes are “often single and living below the poverty line.” Moms also sometimes write Santa, asking for basic necessities.

 

Some volunteers feel alone and sad over the holidays, and find comfort and inspiration being part of this program. Others have families and bring their kids to teach them the meaning of Christmas. Some give “Elf parties”, where guests bring gifts and wrap them together. Companies may adopt multiple letters.

 

Be An Elf suggests that reporters visit an Operation Santa Room at a participating postal branch, and interview and follow real volunteers. Please mention BeAnElf.org in your story as an excellent resource for volunteers. Our full length news release links to high resolution photos and video.

 

Volunteers can discover the meaning of Christmas and find the true Christmas spirit – and put smiles on needy children’s faces come Christmas morning. Be An Elf was founded by Patrick Reynolds, a volunteer.

 

 

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Press contacts:

 

Patrick Reynolds, aka “Elf Patrick”
(310) 880-1111
patrick2@BeAnElf.org

 

 

Source: BE AN ELF

 

 

List of 2014 branches: www.beanelf.org/2014locations.pdf

 

 

 


Links to past news coverage

 

Fox News Channel Story with Be An Elf spokesperson, December 5, 2011

MSNBC News Segment  with Be An Elf spokesperson Patrick Reynolds, December 4, 2011

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 NBC Today Show Anchors mention website BeAnElf.org, December 9, 2012

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MSNBC Story with Be An Elf spokesperson, December 4, 2011

Fox News Segment  December 15, 2013

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In 2014 volunteers can adopt letters to Santa Claus in 20 major cities, sent by needy kids asking Santa for “a warm coat,” “food or clothes,” or “shoes for my older brother,” and then mail their gifts directly to the child or family they adopt.

 

 

Be An Elf is a much-needed resource letting the public know where and how they can volunteer effectively. The site offers an easy-to-find list of this year’s participating postal branches, along with the hours of operation, tips for volunteering, photos, and samples of actual children’s letters. There is also a Press Room for journalists with high resolution images.

 

 

Children’s Santa letters may be picked up at a single postal branch in 20 US cities this year, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Orlando, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles and 10 others.

 

 

BeAnElf.org is the best online guide to the USPS Letters to Santa. The website offers tips for gifts, like backpacks and school supplies, and suggests including a small gift for Moms, who the site notes are often single and living below the poverty line.

 

 

Be An Elf also smartly recommends that volunteers share the work and the fun, and organize Christmas gatherings where volunteers and their friends wrap gifts together.

 

 

Some people feel alone and sad over the holidays, and will find comfort by being part of this program. Others have families and bring their children to teach them the true meaning of Christmas.

 

 

Be An Elf’s home page notes, “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 Christmas, and put smiles on the faces of needy kids on Christmas morning.”

 

 

The non-profit group was founded in 2004 by Patrick Reynolds, a longtime volunteer for Letters to Santa, initially to increase public awareness of the program.

 

 

BeAnElf.org hopes that reporters will include a mention of the site at the end of their story about the wonderful USPS program, so that the public can easily learn where their nearest postal branch is, and get the best tips available for how to effectively volunteer.

 

 

Twitter   @HowToBeAnElf

 

www.Facebook.com/BeAnElfOrg

 

http://www.youtube.com/BeAnElfOrg/

 

Press contacts:

 

Patrick Reynolds, aka “Elf Patrick”
(310) 880-1111
patrick2@BeAnElf.org

 

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List of 2014 branches: www.beanelf.org/2014locations.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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