Be An Elf supports Postal Service’s program offering public needy kids’ letters to Santa online
This little girl received gifts from USPS Operation Santa volunteers one Christmas Eve, with her sisters looking on. Smiles all around!
Letters to Santa from low-income kids are available for adoption online
Be An Elf is a charity which supports the USPS program by providing an excellent guide for volunteers, and sending gifts
SOURCE: Be An Elf
Los Angeles – December 17, 2019 – The USPS is posting needy kids’ letters to Santa online or adoption by the public. Many of their letters ask Santa only for “a warm coat”, “new shoes,” and a favorite toy.
Letters may be adopted from a new USPS website, and volunteers will find it along with an excellent guide to the program at BeAnElf.org, a charity that supports the program every year by recruiting new volunteers and providing them a detailed guide to volunteering.
This single Mom cried in her driveway when gifts arrived unexpectedly on Christmas eve from volunteers. She said she had no money to buy her children gifts for Christmas.
“Some people feel alone and sad over the holidays, and find comfort and inspiration volunteering for this program. They catch the true spirit of the holidays and put smiles on the faces of needy kids on Christmas morning.
“There is still time to answer a child’s letter and send them gifts, even a gift card. Mail your gift by December 20, and in time for Christmas, if mailed by December 20,” says Be An Elf’s Patrick Reynolds.
Reynolds received the Lifetime Achievement award in 2015 from President Obama; his bio is at Tobaccofree.org/bio/
To protect children’s privacy, USPS ® staff redact last names and addresses from every letter. After scanning the letters and posting them at the Postal Service ® site, postal elves send every letter on to Santa.
The US Postal Service ® has not missed a year since first offering the children’s letters in 1912.
Sample tips from Be An Elf:
BeAnElf.org suggests smart gifts, like backpacks, school supplies, new (not used) clothes, books, and a small gift for the mothers, whom the site says are sometimes feeling sad over the holidays.
Pay attention to the letters from parents, whose children may be too little to write. They often list their children’s clothing and shoe sizes, and that’s a sign they truly need help for the holidays.
These volunteers were smiling and moved as they read letters to Santa.
Patrick Reynolds, Chief Elf, BeAnElf.org, holds letters to Santa adopted by BeAnElf.org.
“Some Operation Santa volunteers feel alone and sad over the holidays, and find comfort and inspiration volunteering for this program. It’s micro-philanthropy, direct from a volunteer to a child. People catch the true spirit of the holidays and put smiles on the faces of needy kids on Christmas,” says Patrick Reynolds.
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