— 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. BeAnElf.org 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 USPSoperationsanta.com.
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:
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 www.BeAnElf.org.