Real Letters

Examples of letters to Santa from past years

Below are samples of letters to Santa that Be An Elf adopted in the past. They may not be adopted again, but you may adopt current letters through the wonderful USPS website,, starting around Thanksgiving every year. In the meantime, the examples below will give you an idea of what to look for.

Be An Elf is hoping to adopt lots of letters to Santa this year from the USPS website. Our goal is to send a $100 Target Gift Card to the Mom of each needy family; we’ll enclose a card that says, simply, “For your kids. Love, Santa.” We let the Moms do the Christmas shopping. Gifts to Be An Elf are tax-deductible.

Of course children’s last names and addresses have been removed by the USPS staff to protect childrens’ privacy. Journalists will find a selection of high-resolution images here or for high-resolution photos, click on our Photos page.


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Only volunteers sending gifts should contact us. Santa will not see your message here! If you're seeking gifts, contact Santa's Christmas volunteers through our Writing to Santa page. If you want to give gifts, click below.


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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.