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Be An Elf’s list of 2018 USPS Operation Santa ® Branches

Below is Be An Elf’s 2018 list of Operation Santa postal branches. Cities offering online letter adoption are listed at bottom.

It’s important to note that some of the branches offer children’s Santa letters only on certain days and times, as listed below. Other branches offer much longer hours (Boston, Chicago, and New York City). Local branch mangers base the hours on historical public demand. So before travelling to a participating branch, note the dates and hours of operation on the list below.

But before you visit a branch, go back to the How To Be An Elf page and check out our tips. They include giving a holiday Elf party and sharing the cost, the work and the fun with your friends and neighbors. Wrapping gifts together over holiday cheer can be fun!

Another tip: some volunteers answer multiple letters, and simply send families Target or Wal Mart gift cards. They entrust the shopping to the Moms, who know what their kids need most.

Be An Elf does this with the letters we adopt. We use our tax-deductible donations to send Target gift cards, and this enables us to adopt many more Santa letters than in previous years. We agree that the Moms know best what their kids need! See our How To Be An Elf page for more ideas for participating in this great program.

The wonderful USPS has just begun posting needy children’s Santa letters online. Starting December 3rd, 2018, letters will be available for adoption at DeliverCheer.com. The new Digital program is only available in 7 cities; see the bottom of this page. If your city is not participating in the in’person “Legacy” program or in the new online “Digital” program, here are some other ways to volunteer at Christmas.

At participating locations for in-person adoption, letters may be read only on the days and hours listed below. Schedules vary in each city. 

Ho, ho, ho, and thanks for volunteering at Christmas this year!

 

CALIFORNIA

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles

Los Angeles District Office
7001 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90052

Bring a valid ID.
Later, when dropping off packages for mailing to children, go to the other building, at the South end, and only on the specific “drop-off” days and hours listed below.

USPS Info Hotline
(323) 586-4380

Press contact: Cleofe Erquiza

To read and adopt letters, go to the building at the North end of the large parking lot on these dates:

9am to 12pm ONLY
December 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

To read and adopt letters the following week, and/or to drop off gifts for mailing, go to the OTHER building, at the South end of the large parking lot, on these dates:

1pm to 4pm
December 17th through December 21

 

Santa Ana

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

USPS Info
Adam Carpenter (714) 662-6480

Press contact: Vencent Quaglia
(714)315-9912

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
11am to 1pm ONLY, on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting December 5th
December 5. 10, 12, 17

Drop-off / mailing of gifts to children:
1pm to 4pm only
Monday, December 18th through Thursday, December 21


Santa Clarita

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

USPS Info Hotline:
(661) 775-6731

Press contact: Laura Flores

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
11:30am to 4:30pm ONLY
December 4, 6, 11, 13

Drop-off / mailing of gifts to children:
Ask when adopting letters during your first visit; they may offer a handout with dates for package drop-off.)


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

San Francisco

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

USPS Info
(415)550-5005

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
11am to 2pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Drop-off / mailing of gifts to children:
8am – 7pm, December 10 – December 20  (excluding Sundays)


Oakland

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

USPS Info: 510-874-8718
Lead Elves: MaryGrace Cruz or Emma Espinoza

Letter adoptions:
December ? – 19
As of November 28th, 2018, we are awaiting the Lead Elf’s confirmation of the Oakland Post Office’s hours and days of operation for the Operation Santa program. (In 2017, the hours were 10am-3pm.)

 

Sacramento

Royal Oaks Post Office
2000 Royal Oaks Drive
Sacramento CA 95813
Post office lobby

USPS Info
(916)263-7161

Press contact: Toni Higgins
(916)263-7161

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa
November 27 – December 21st
10:30am – 6:30 pm weekdays

Last day to drop off packages: December 21st


FLORIDA

Orlando, FL

Orlando Main Post Office
10401 Post Office Blvd
Orlando FL 32862

USPS Info
(407)826-3450

Lead Elf: Deborah Ferencak

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
9am to 1pm ONLY 
December 11 – 14

While at the post office, ask for the dates for package drop-off to mail your gifts to children.

 

ILLINOIS

Chicago

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

USPS Info
(312) 983-7676

Press contacts:
Janice Hall (310)983-8149
Tim Norman (312)983-8371

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:

December 3rd – 20th
Monday – Saturday 7:30 am – 7 pm
Sundays – 10am – 5:00pm

Last day to adopt: December 20th

Drop-off / mailing of gifts:
Ask when adopting letters during your first visit.

 

INDIANA

WARSAW

Warsaw Post Office
365 West Market Street
Warsaw, IN 46580

USPS Info
(574)267-6335
Press contact: Beth Jungels

9am – 2pm, Monday – Friday

Last day to adopt – December 17, 2018

Last day to drop off gifts for mailing: December 17th, 2018

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston

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

USPS Infoline
(617) 654-5802

Press contact: Fran Griffith
(617)654-5099

Letters to Santa from families requesting gifts must be recieved at this address by December 8th, 2018.

Hours for reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
8am to 4pm, Monday thru Friday, through Friday, December 20

Last day to drop off packages for mailing: December 2oth
Ask for package drop-off dates and hours during your first visit.

 

NEW YORK


New York City 

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

Info line
(212) 330-3000

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 thru January 5th, 2019
Closed December 23, 24, 25th
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm
Saturdays – 9am -4pm
Dec 26 through Jan 5 – 9am – 4pm

Last day for dropoff in time for Christmas delivery is December 22

Last day to drop off / mail gifts: January 5th, 2019

 

OHIO

Cincinnati

Cincinnati P& DC
1623 Dalton Ave
Cincinnati OH 45234
Lobby

USPS Info Hotline
(513) 684-5133

Press contact: Charlotte
(513) 432-5253

Letters to Santa from families requesting gifts must be recieved at this address by December 14th, 2018.

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
November 28 – December 16, 2018
Monday – Friday, 10am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 3pm  – Closed Sunday

Last day to drop off / mail gifts to children:
December 19th, by 2pm


Cleveland

Northern Ohio District Post Office
Consumer & Industry Affairs
2200 Orange Ave RM 25
Cleveland OH 44101
Lobby

USPS Contact: La Vanda Fondren
(216) 443-4416

Letters to Santa from families requesting gifts must be recieved at this address by December 14th, 2018.
Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
December 1 – December 15th, 2018
Monday – Friday, 9am to 3pm
Last day to drop off a package December 19th

 

OKLAHOMA


Oklahoma City, OK

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

Letters may be adopted by individual appointment
Weekdays 8 am to 2 pm, until December 19th

Letters to Santa from families requesting gifts must be recieved at this address by December 14th, 2018.

Gifts must be wrapped for mailing and have postage and codes on Santa letters on the address label/s, and delivered to Sonya Dulan no later than December 19th.

USPS Contact: Sonya Dulan
(405) 815-2302

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

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

USPS Contacts:
Louise Hill
(215) 895-8610
Carmen White
(215) 895-8631

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
Monday, November 27th – December 7th, 2018
Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm

Ask for package drop-off days and hours during your first visit.

WASHINGTON DC

Washington Main PO
900 Brentwood Drive
Washington DC 20066
Lobby

USPS Contact: Alex Sebsibe
(202) 636-2244

Reading / adoption of letters to Santa:
December 3 – December 21
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dec 21

Ask for package drop-off days and hours during your first visit.

 

DIGITAL OPERATION SANTA 

Online Santa letter adoption now available in 7 cities

Starting December 3, 2018 only customers living in or near the seven cities listed below can adopt letters to Santa at Delivercheer.com.

Even though children’s letters are “adopted” online, volunteer elves must physically visit the post office in their city in order to mail their presents. This is necessary because volunteers are not provided with children’s names and addresses; they only see a code written on the letters they adopt. Personal info is blacked out from the letters by postal workers to protect children’s privacy.

Adopt letters online and find out the package dropoff days and hours in each city at www.DeliverCheer.com.

Below are the seven cities for online adoption. The full addresses are at bottom.

New York City

Indianapolis

Phoenix

Pittsburgh

Austin

San Diego

Washington, DC.

In the pilot program in 2017 in New York City, of approximently 7,100 letters uploaded online, 5,000 were adopted.

Here are the branch addresses for package dropoff:

Austin, TX

Austin GMF

8225 Cross Park Drive

Austin, TX 78710-9998

Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Main Offi­ce

125 W South St

Indianapolis, IN 46206-9998

New York, NY

James A. Farley Post Office

421 8th Ave

New York, NY 10001-9998

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Main Post Office

4949 E Van Buren St

Phoenix, AZ 85026-9998

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Main Post Offi­ce

1001 California Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15290-9998

Washington, DC

Dorothy Height Post Of­fice

2 Massachusetts Ave

Washington, DC 20002-9998

San Diego, CA

Carmel Mountain Postal Store

11251 Rancho Carmel Dr

San Diego, CA 92199-9998

 

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