“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.