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Guess who wrote to Santa? This little girl received gifts from USPS Operation Santa volunteers one Christmas Eve, with her sisters looking on. Smiles all around! Write to Santa as a family, and put all your letters in one envelope, including a cover letter from a parent — or only one child may get gifts!


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This single Mom cried in her driveway when volunteers’ gifts arrived unexpectedly on Christmas eve from volunteers. She said she had no money to buy her children gifts for Christmas. 
olunteers for USPS Operation Santa read letters at the Los Angeles post office.
Be An Elf recommends that friends team up to adopt one or more letters to Santa, and share the work, the fun, and the cost!
Patrick Reynolds, Chief Elf,, holds letters to Santa adopted by
Patrick Reynolds, Chief Elf at, holds letters to Santa adopted by the charity. offers an excellent guide to the program for families in need and for volunteers from the public who wish to adopt their sad letters to Santa. Support is also offered to companies to organize employees into teams to adopt children’s letters.
  • 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 special attention to the letters from parents, whose children may be too little to write their own letters. Letters listing their children’s names, clothing and shoe sizes, or mentioning employment and health challenges, are signs their family truly needs help for the holidays.



Volunteer for Christmas from home this year! 
— Register today to adopt a needy child’s letter to Santa. —

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2021 — USPS Operation Santa opens to the public today for volunteer registration. offers an excellent guide to the program for families in need and for volunteers from the public who wish to adopt their sad letters to Santa. Support is also offered to companies to organize employees into teams to adopt children’s letters.

This year letters to the jolly man at the North Pole have been pouring in. Since November 1, postal workers have been looking for Santa letters from kids whose lists include basic necessities like a warm coat or new shoes, and from parents who describe their struggles with employment or health, and ask volunteers for help with getting their kids Christmas gifts. Some say their children are too little to write, and list their kids’ names, ages, and clothing sizes. Postal elves then upload the saddest letters to

In case any children reading this are wondering, of course the Elves at the Post Office always put the letters right back in the mail to Santa at the North Pole, so Santa will deliver his gifts, too.

Starting November 29th anyone may adopt the letters from home. Children’s family names and addresses are redacted from their letters, when a volunteer adopts a letter online, a barcoded shipping label prints out with each letter. Volunteers use it to mail gifts directly to the child or family who wrote to Santa.

Letters to Santa must be postmarked by December 10 to be selected for the website. The site closes for letter adoption on December 23rd.

The address to write to Santa is:

Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888

Some people feel alone and sad over Christmas, and find comfort and inspiration volunteering for this program. They catch the true spirit of the holidays, knowing they will put smiles on kids’ faces on Christmas.

Be An Elf is a tax-exempt 501c3 charity and has recruited thousands of volunteers for USPS Operation Santa ®. The group also supports the program by offering a guide for needy families seeking help with Christmas, and tips for effective volunteering. The US Postal Service ® has not missed a year since first offering the children’s letters in 1912.

Ho, ho, ho and Happy Holidays! To learn more, visit


    Patrick Reynolds
    Be An Elf
    Source: Be An Elf

    Website gives needy kids a brighter Christmas!

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Be An Elf is a tax-exempt 501c3 children's Christmas charity. Contributions are tax-deductible. We are not affiliated with USPS Operation Santa® but we support it by creating public awareness of the program online and in social media, by recruiting and orienting new volunteers to the program, and by offering tips to needy families writing to Santa. Be An Elf also uses donations to adopt letters to Santa and send gifts to the kids who wrote them. We will never share your info with third parties; see Be An Elf's privacy policy. ©2020 Be An Elf - All rights reserved.