Seeking gifts?

If your family is struggling financially, here’s how you might be able to get some extra Christmas gifts for your kids.

First, our message to kids.

(Scroll down for our message to adults)

Dear kids,

We’re glad you will write to Santa, and we hope he brings you nice gifts this Christmas. You might feel good knowing that Santa has volunteers across the US who want to send extra gifts to families having a hard time with money this year. The volunteers are permitted to read those children’s letters to Santa online, at a special Postal Service website, USPSoperationSanta.com, and adopt the letter that touches their hearts the most. It might be an older person living alone, or a family that wants to teach their kids the meaning of Christmas.

No worries, postal staff who select children’s letters for uploading to the website always put every letter right back in the mail to Santa. The USPS delivers every letter to the jolly man in red at the North Pole, and he’ll bring his gifts on Christmas Eve to every child, like he always does.

If your think your parents or caregivers might be struggling with money this year, ask them to enclose a letter with yours, in the same envelope, and have them talk about that. It’s good to be honest. Volunteers who read your letter to Santa and your parent’s letter will understand there is true need in your family. Santa will also see that when your letter reaches him.

If there are no worries about money in your family, just write your letter to Santa and mail it soon.

To be considered for posting at the USPS website, your family’s letters must be mailed with real stamps between November 1st and December 10th. It’s better if you mail your letter in November, but mail it by December 10th.

Why? It’s a long way to the North Pole, and the US Postal Service needs time to deliver your letter up there. Second, Santa’s elves need time to prepare the gifts you ask for. So start writing your letter now, and get it in the mail. Letters mailed after December 10th will not be considered for the website, but they will definitely get to Santa.

If you think your parents might be worried about money this year, here are some tips for writing a letter that will get the attention of volunteers along its way to the North Pole.

First, absolutely ask Santa for whatever you want, but also ask one of your parents to enclose a letter with yours, because that will help. Suggest to your parent/s to read this web page, especially the section below for adults, further down this page.

We’re sad to tell you this website does not know Santa’s email, and we have no direct contact with the jolly man. Santa does not use email that we know of. Emails sent to us will not reach Santa, and Be An Elf does not send gifts to families who contact us.

Here’s what does work: you need to handwrite or type your letter to Santa, add a stamp and mail it to him at the address below. Then your letter will get to him; that’s guaranteed.

If one of your parents agrees to write a letter, put it in the same envelope as your letter. It might begin, “To Santa’s volunteer” — and in it, your Mom or Dad should talk about their financial situation, health challenges, and any other struggles they are having. It might be a hard letter for them to write, but it will greatly increase the chances that your letter to Santa will get adopted by a volunteer who reads it along its way to the North Pole.

In 2020 we saw letter after letter from kids asking for a new tablet, a new laptop, a new iPhone, and a new X-Box or PlayStation — and often not much else. Santa might be able to make those wishes come true for some lucky kids, but we don’t think even Santa has enough devices to give to every child around the world who asks him for one. They are pretty expensive!

Most of Santa’s volunteers are ordinary people whose hearts are full of love, but almost none of these good people have the money to buy expensive devices.

So yes, ask Santa for your dreams, but also ask for something you want or need that a volunteer can afford. If a child asks Santa for new clothes, new shoes, a backpack or school supplies, volunteers can afford those items, and Santa will send the rest.

Asking your Mom or Dad to enclose a letter is helpful because there are so many letters to Santa up for adoption online. Your parents’ letter will make your letter stand out from others, and help volunteers understand there is real need in your family.

Put a stamp on your letter, or it will be returned to you. Every year Be An Elf gets letters from disappointed families whose letters were returned to them. They thought they didn’t have to add postage, and that was a mistake.

Again, whether your letter is handwritten or typed, Santa wants to get all his letters through the mail. He does not have an email address. We think he needs to get one, but he’s old-fashioned and likes the US Mail.

In the upper left corner of the envelope, write your full name and address or Santa might not know where to deliver his gifts to you.

Here is his mailing address, as provided by the US Post Office:

Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888

Put your whole family’s letters to Santa into one envelope. The Post Office prefers that every family put all their letters to Santa into a single envelope, because that way, all the kids in your family will get gifts, not just you! Hopefully, a volunteer will join together with friends and adopt your whole family for Christmas.

Volunteers will be able to adopt letters starting November 29th, 2021 at the Postal Service’s website, USPSoperationSanta.com. So the sooner you write in November, the more you’ll be at the front of the line. At the website, volunteers will have a choice to “Adopt a child’s letter,” or “Adopt a family.”

Volunteers who adopt a family often organize their friends and work together in teams. They really enjoy sharing the work, the fun and the cost.

In conclusion, it really helps to add in a letter written by your parents to Santa’s volunteer. But in your letter, just ask Santa for what you want, and it’s good to list a few items you need, too.

Remember, postal workers send on every letter to Santa to the North Pole, and Mr. Claus will bring you his gifts, too.

All you need now is a pen or colored pencils, some paper, an envelope, a stamp, and your wishes for Christmas!

Stop reading now, and forward this webpage to your Mom or Dad. We’re betting a volunteer will see your letter online and send you extra gifts for Christmas!

 

ONLY GROWNUPS SHOULD READ WHAT FOLLOWS. NOT FOR KIDS!

We understand many Americans are struggling this year, and it’s hard for many people to provide Christmas gifts for their children. Thank heaven your kids will also get gifts from Santa!  In addition to the jolly man in red, there are volunteers who want to help — but there are no guarantees, so it’s best not to rely on volunteers. Your kids want gifts from their parents, too.

Every year people volunteer for the USPS Operation Santa program. It was started in 1912 and is still going strong. To understand it better, read our Home page. In short, the US Postal Service has been making letters to Santa written by children in need available to the public to “adopt”.

Not every family’s letters get adopted by a volunteer, but reading this page will make it more likely your children’s letters will be adopted. In 2020, the program went fully online, and volunteers were able to adopt children’s letters from home anywhere in the US.

Please understand that Be An Elf does not send gifts to families who email us directly. Do NOT write to us for gifts!

Instead, follow the simple directions below, and you will greatly increase your chances of getting extra gifts for your kids. You’ll motivate volunteers to adopt your children’s letters.

We are not affiliated with the USPS, but we support the program in many ways. One of them is offering tips to families in need.

Important:  There is no guarantee your family’s letter /s will be selected by postal workers for the USPS website, or that a volunteer will adopt your child’s letter, even if it gets posted. We’ve received angry emails from parents in the past saying they never got any gifts from volunteers.

Please don’t gamble that your family will be adopted. Of course, Santa will bring his gifts for your children on Christmas Eve, even if a volunteer does not adopt their letter. That’s so important to them! However, they want gifts from Mom and Dad, too, so don’t put all your marbles in one basket!

Follow our suggestions, and your family’s letters will stand out from thousands of others. They’ll be more likely to be selected by postal workers for posting online at USPSoperationsanta.com, and make it more likely that your letter/s will be adopted by a volunteer.

Write to Santa as a family. The USPS prefers that all the children in each family mail all their letters in one envelope. You should also write “To Santa’s volunteer,” and enclose your own letter describing your circumstances. Put it in with your kids’ letters, and that will help get volunteers’ attention.

It also helps ensure that no child gets left out. That’s why the Postal Service wants you to mail all your family’s letters in one envelope. If your children write Santa separately, only one child might get gifts, and the others may feel left out.

When they start the letter adoption process at the USPS website, volunteers will initially be required to chose whether to “Adopt a family” or “Adopt a child”. Some volunteers form teams and share the work, the fun, and the cost of sending gifts to an entire family. More companies are doing it this year too.

So put all your kids’ letters in one envelope, and mail them to the address below. You should also enclose a letter from you to “Santa’s volunteer,” as discussed earlier. If you do this, with a little luck a whole team of volunteers might adopt your family.

Mail your family’s letters to Santa at this address:

Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888

Another tip: Mail your letters early! –It’s best to mail them during November, but they must be postmarked between November 1 and December 10.

Here’s another reason it’s important for a parent to enclose their own letter, letting Santa’s volunteers know why your family needs help with Christmas this year.

In 2020, so many kids from all income levels wrote to Santa asking for laptops, cell phones and gaming consoles. When volunteers read those letters, it was impossible for them to tell which families were in need.

If you enclose your own letter letting Santa’s volunteer know why this year is financially or emotionally hard for you, it will set your children’s letters apart. Keep your letter to one or two pages and write on one side only, for easier scanning.

You might begin your cover letter, “Dear Santa’s volunteer,” and briefly thank them for volunteering. It’s okay to mention you learned about the USPS Operation Santa program. Being honest builds your credibility.

If you are writing on behalf of a toddler, you might say something like, “I’m writing this because my kids are still too little to write to Santa, and I know what they really need. I heard about USPS Operation Santa and that there might be a volunteer out there who will send gifts to our family. Here’s why I need help this year…”

Speak from your heart truthfully about why you are having money problems this year, and that you are worried you won’t be able to get your kids much for Christmas. If you are struggling financially, jobless, living in a shelter, or close to being homeless, don’t be proud. Talk about that in your letter. And talk about the emotions you are experiencing as you write — sadness, fear, shame, love — whatever you really feel in your heart. Your feelings speak louder than anything else, and will be heard. There are no bad or wrong feelings, and you can have two or three all at the same time! Talk about it.

Most volunteers are ordinary people who are unable to afford expensive gifts like laptops or X-boxes. Without a letter from a parent enclosed, volunteers who read a child’s letter asking only for those things tend to pass them by.

Those letters look like they came from an affluent household if they are asking for all that. It’s a fact that devices are the things kids want most. If your goal is to get some extra gifts for your kids, it will help to enclose your own letter in the same envelope as your kids’ letters. 

Kids have no bad wishes, and there is no need to coach your children on what to put in their letters to Santa. Some kids truthfully let Santa know that their parents probably won’t be able to get many gifts for them this year – but they should not be told to write this. Let them write 100% on their own, from their hearts.

That’s why your cover letter will make all the difference. In short, some letters move volunteers more than others, and there will be many letters online for them to choose from. 

Letters describing your personal financial hardship, health struggles get the strongest response from volunteers. Don’t be long-winded; stick to the facts of your circumstances, and the emotions you feel as you write the letter.

List some basic items that your kids really need. Adults writing cover letters should not ask for money, rent or house payments. That turns volunteers off, and they can’t afford that anyway.  

After describing your circumstances, your letter should list your kids’ first names, ages, clothing, and shoe sizes.

Try to keep your letter to a page or two. Your letter will be easier to scan for the website if you only write on one side of the paper. 

Ask volunteers for things your kids would like that ordinary people can afford — like a new basketball, a soccer ball, a small lego toy, backpacks for school, a baseball glove, a doll, new shoes, a warm coat, pens, disposable diapers and baby food, if you have a baby, and school supplies.

The parent writing might add a sentence like, “I understand if you don’t have time to shop, wrap, and mail a package to us at the post office. A gift card from Target, Walmart, or Costco would be great, too. I know what my kids need most, and I’d be happy to do the shopping for them and wrap the gifts. But whatever you do, thank you so so much!”

Do NOT ask for a VISA gift card, because that’s like asking volunteers for money. At least with a Target gift card, parents are limited to the items offered there — clothes, food, and so on.

Be An Elf has reviewed many letters from parents asking Santa for money, help with paying bills, and even asking for several months’ back rent or house payments. Asking for money is not the right ask! We promise you that if you do this, your letter will very likely be ignored.

The people who volunteer for this program can not afford significant cash gifts. They only want to make children smile on Christmas morning, and the gifts they send will likely be small ones.

We hear you, but asking for money for bills or house payments will turn volunteers off. Don’t do it. 

Remember, this is about making your kids smile on Christmas morning.

Parents should not rely on your letter getting adopted; it may not be. You’ll absolutely need to buy presents yourself.

We know some kids may read this. Of course, Santa will bring his gifts to your home, but your kids want presents from you, too. Don’t leave your kids empty-handed.

Put that request in your own words,  so volunteers don’t see the same exact sentence in other letters. Many people visit this site, and if they see those words over and over it might turn volunteers off. Make it your own.

If you don’t see your letter/s at the site, know that letters are automatically taken down from the site as soon as they are adopted. We get emails asking if there is a way to confirm a letter was approved for the site. There is not, and no way to confirm a letter was adopted.

We can affirm to you that families whose letters adhere to these tips will be more likely to approved for the website and get adopted.

Here’s another, completely different idea.


ANOTHER IDEA FOR YOUR LARGER NEEDS

A more appropriate outlet for larger needs such as money would be to post your own fundraiser, free at GoFundMe.com. Include a video in your GoFundMe campaign; more on that in a moment. As soon your GoFundMe campaign is published, copy the link to it and post it on NextDoor.com, also free. Stick to your neighborhoods in your local area. 

GoFundMe provides an easy way for people to send small donations directly to your bank account. Post a link to your GoFundMe campaign on Next Door. Then people will have a simple way to send money to you.

We have some great tips for you about creating a successful GoFundMe campaign and making a video. Here they are:

Use the letter you wrote to Santa as a starting point. 

First, have your kids write to Santa using the guidelines above. Some parents may be open to taking photos of their kids as they write them. Also take photos of every  letter your family writes, too. Post the photos in your GoFundMe campaign, but make your video the primary image.

Write out a list of short talking points for your video; you might base them on your letter to Santa. The images of the kids writing to Santa, the letters they wrote, and the video you film will all be important in your campaign on GoFundMe.com.

A video is more powerful by far than photos, but you can post both in your GoFundMe.com campaign. We’ll tell you how to make a very persuasive video for your GoFundMe campaign in a minute.

After you’ve filmed your video and created a GoFundMe.com campaign, do the following:

Post the link to your GoFundMe campaign on NextDoor.com in your own neighborhood, but in all the surrounding neighborhoods, too. Post it in the more affluent parts of your city, and on your Facebook page.

Your simple cell phone video will surely be the most powerful way to get the gifts your kids need most — especially if you keep it 100% honest, and utilize our suggestions which follow.

Read on!

 

Here’s how to make a powerful video for your free GoFundMe campaign, and then promote it for free on NextDoor.com  

If you want to make a truly effective video, practice and rehearse for a day or two saying aloud the points you are going to make when you shoot your video. Make a plan to have a friend use your cell phone to film you, as you speak directly and authentically into the camera.

Rehearse by yourself for a day or two before you film. Pretend you are talking to a volunteer. Take a few deep breaths, very slowly exhale after each; this will help you totally relax.

Take a fresh piece of paper and write down a list of short talking points to make in your video. Trust yourself and that you know your points well; it’s your life, after all! We’re betting you could glance at one five-word talking point and talk for 15 seconds about it. Imagine you are speaking to one of Santa’s volunteers in the room with you.

If you read a long letter or speech when you film, you’ll risk sounding sing-songy and like you are reading it. Instead, use your short written talking points and stay in the moment as you rehearse.

You can always post a photo of your entire letter to Santa as part of your GoFundMe campaign. No problem there, but the video should be the item you feature, and it should sound spontaneous, not like you’re reading it.

If using talking points makes you nervous, another way to go is to prepare four or five interview questions — questions you think a volunteer would likely ask. But try rehearsing using talking points!

If you prefer to be asked questions, on the day you film, you should have a second friend there to ask the questions and interview you. Rehearse answering them beforehand, aloud, by yourself or with a friend.

Even in rehearsal, it’s important to pick a single point in the room and keep your eyes steadily on that point as you speak. If you look down or to one side, you will come off as shifty-eyed, and therefore not trustworthy. So practice a steady gaze into the “camera”, or any single point in the room, as you speak. If you rehearse alone, it will definitely help you to draw an X on a piece of paper and tape it to a lampshade or to the wall. Gaze steadily at the X as you speak, and do not look away at any friends or kids who may be in the room. That looks shifty-eyed! When the day to film comes, you will be looking into the camera only 2 feet from your face.

As you rehearse your talking points, speak from your heart and imagine you are talking to a volunteer, instead of a fixed point in the room.

On the day you film, it will be the cell phone camera you are talking to, and if you take the advice which follows, it will be very close to your face during most of the filming.

Really do have a friend there to film you on the agreed-on day. If your friend is also in real need of Christmas gifts for their kids, offer to make a video for them, too, and email this web page to them.

You could have your children present for the beginning of the shoot, or take photos together with your kids for your Go Fund Me campaign. Don’t use old photos! Take new ones with your kids that show your life and environment as it truly is — outside in your front or back yard, or at a street corner in your neighborhood.

Cooking a meal together in the kitchen might make a good photo, or showing your kids reading a book or doing a math problem.

Film your video in the daytime, near a window so there is plenty of light. Do not place yourself directly in front of the window, however, or you will appear as a silhouette when the camera travels up close to you. Film only in a horizontal frame, not a vertical “Tiktok” frame. Horizontal is better for GoFundMe.com and YouTube too.

We think it’s a good idea to ask your friend manning the camera to begin filming from 20 or 30 feet away. Before you film, instruct them to glide the camera toward you, as slowly and smoothly as possible.

You should look at the camera but say nothing until the camera is two feet from your face (that way the sound will be okay).  As the camera slowly approaches, you could have your kids sitting next to you, exactly the way they usually look (not in their Sunday best!)

When your friend begins filming from the far side of the room, your kids can all wave and smile, and might say, Merry Christmas! By the time the camera is halfway there, we see them get up and leave the room, say Bye, Mom! — and you tell them goodbye. Finally, the camera moves in and holds 2 feet from your face, but keeps filming. That’s when you begin speaking.

The reason for all this approach is first, that you will only hold most viewers’ attention for a few seconds, and second, it will give viewers an idea of your home as it is every day. If you take time to interview your kids at the beginning of your video, people may stop watching.  is  The opening we’ve suggested moves right in for your close-up, and you can start delivering your important message twenty seconds after the video begins — before your viewers tune out.

Trust us that it’s important to not begin speaking until the camera is 2 feet from your face — very close up. That way, the sound will be excellent. To be sure, the sound will not be good from 30 feet away, or outdoors where there is noise with cars going by here and there. Film indoors, and make sure there is total silence in the house as you speak. Bad sound will render your video useless.

Be absolutely authentic and honest as you speak to the camera. The whole video should be two to four minutes and no more, because that’s all most people will watch. Speak naturally into the camera, and talk like you were talking to a volunteer there with you.

Your first words to camera might be something like, “OK, the kids are gone, we’re alone now, and I can tell you what I have to say.”

If you post still photos as part of your campaign on GoFundMe.com, take new ones specifically for the campaign. Flattering old photos of you dressed up for church, smiling at a wedding, or a happy night out on the town — none of that will much elicit much caring by volunteers. Facebook type photos of your “perfect” life will not help you reach your goal.

Instead, take new photos of you and your kids as you usually look and dress — in your back yard, the front yard, or on a street corner in your neighborhood. Those images will be stronger, tell your story better and back up the words you are speaking in the video.

Talk about your circumstances and why you need help for the holidays this year. Describe the feelings and emotions you are experiencing as you talk. Write down the word “Feelings” as one of your talking points. Trust that you will know what to say.

Making a video and posting it on GoFundMe.com, and then posting a link on Next Door.com in all the neighborhoods around yours, is another promising way to get extra gifts for your kids for Christmas this year.

TELL THE TRUTH and ALWAYS BE AUTHENTIC, because Santa knows who’s naughty and who’s nice. He knows three or four year olds can’t write letters to Santa, and his volunteers know it, too. Simply explain this is Mom or Dad writing the letter because they can’t.

There’s no shame in asking for extra help for the holidays, but if you are feeling shame, say so. Be real. That’s what will help you reach your goal.

Writing your letter might be hard and bring up a lot of painful feelings. Remember, this is for your kids.

If you like you can mention that you heard about this program from BeAnElf.org — because that is real, too. However it’s not necessary.

 

Do not email this website asking for gifts.

Santa will not see your letter here. Be An Elf only adopts letters from the USPS website, like everyone else.

Please mail your letter to Santa, and put a stamp on it, or it will be returned to you.

Mail your family’s letters to Santa at this address:

Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888

Another tip: Mail your letters early —  but they must be postmarked between November 1 and December 10. Around early November is best!

When you mail your letter to the address above, USPS staff will read it and consider posting it at www.USPSoperationsanta.com. If it gets posted, volunteers nationwide will then be able to view it, and hopefully, someone will adopt it.

Whether or not your letter is selected for the USPS website, postal staff always send every letter on to Santa. That way he can send his gifts to the children, too, in addition to the gifts from his wonderful volunteers who adopt letters.


Don’t coach your kids when they write to Santa!

When it’s time for your kids to write to Santa, don’t coach them. Let them ask Santa for whatever they want, and take photos. But you might want to tell them this year he has a very, very limited supply of gaming consoles, cell phones, laptops, and tablets. They might want to ask him for less expensive gifts too, just in case!

If your kids do ask for laptops and gaming devices, then it’s even more important for parents to enclose a letter describing your family’s true circumstances, because that will move volunteers, while requests for devices will not.

 

A LAPTOP YOUR CHILD CAN USE IN SCHOOL IS BETTER THAN A GAMING CONSOLE BY FAR!

It’s great if you can buy expensive devices for your children, but a quick note of caution about that. Give your child a laptop or tablet that they can use in school, yes, but we strongly discourage giving them a gaming console. Here’s why.

Gaming has been proven to be extremely addictive to children, and many kids game or watch YouTube videos for hours and hours every day. Spending that much time on devices seriously harms a child’s academic performance in school, and interacting with friends electronically impedes their social development and in-person interations with friends.

What’s more, “free” games like Fortnight can cost parents hundreds of dollars per year through in-app purchases. We urge you to limit video gaming to one hour per day, or to avoid it altogether for as long as possible.

Even if you limit your child’s gaming time to an hour per day, you are still setting yourself up for a Battle Royale as they relentlessly argue with you for more time gaming.

If gaming is already a problem in your family, we recommend the book, The Game Is Playing Your Kid by Dr. Joe Dilley.

As to cell phones: texting and social media often lead inevitably to cyber-bullying, or to children feeling left out when other kids post photos of themselves at parties your child was not invited to.

That’s why our advice is to hold off on those devices at least until your child is in high school, and to strictly limit the time your child is permitted to game online, if at all. Some parents only allow gaming on weekends.

Sadly, gaming can have a very negative impact on your child’s success in school and socially. The futures of kids who are permitted to game for multiple hours daily will not be as bright as the kids who had stronger parenting and more discipline academically.

Gaming is too often a babysitter and allows parents more free time — but it’s harming our children more than any of us like to admit.

In sum, stick to a laptop that your child will need for school, and strictly limit the time he or she is permitted to game on it.

OUR MISSION

Be An Elf’s mission is to let the public know about the USPS program, and to inspire new and old volunteers to participate, so kids get more gifts. We know volunteering to adopt letters along their way to Santa at the North Pole fills volunteers with the true spirit of Christmas.

FAQS FOR PARENTS

 

DO NOT SEND MULTIPLE COPIES OF YOUR LETTER TO SANTA BECAUSE  THAT WILL BACKFIRE!

Do not send photocopies of the same letters to Santa, if you want your letter to Santa to be posted. USPS staff can quickly spot copied letters, and it looks like the family is spamming Santa. They’ll assume your letter got posted, because they’ve already seen it.

 

MAY I WRITE ASKING ABOUT MY CHILD’S SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS?

You may assuredly ask Santa’s volunteer for help with your child’s special medical needs, but we do have an idea for you about that. One year, a volunteer adopted a heartfelt letter from a parent about a child’s medical problem, and the volunteer, who was not wealthy, passed it along to several specialist doctors, asking if they would treat the child for “pro bono” (for free).

One doctor actually responded and treated the child at no cost, with the support of the local hospital.

Here’s our idea: If you are writing to Santa’s volunteer for help with your child’s medical needs, before you mail your letter to Santa, make 20 or more color copies of your letter. Send copies directly to specialists who can do what your child needs. Include a cover letter asking them to help your child “pro-bono,” or for free. Tell them you’ll find out if the hospital they work with will also provide free services, if they will agree to lead by offering a pro-bono procedure.

Mail a copy directly to every specialist in your area, and keep following up. And of course, a GoFundMe campaign posted also on NextDoor may help, too.

Again, Be An Elf does not send gifts directly to families who email us. Like other volunteers, we only adopt letters posted at USPSoperationsanta.com.

Mail your letter between November 1 and December 10; the earlier, the better.

 

ARE THERE STILL BRANCHES THAT TAKE WALK-INS TO READ LETTERS TO SANTA? 

The traditional walk-in program where volunteers could read letters in person at a branch continued through 2019 in New York and Chicago. However, those branches closed their USPS Operation Santa program in 2020 due to Covid, and will remain closed in 2021.

We are unsure if walk-ins will be welcome again in the future at any USPS branches, but if they are, the two branches in NYC and Chicago are very good bets, because demand was so high in those cities. You can find the addresses of both branches on our Locations page about halfway down the page.

DO NOT EMAIL YOUR LETTER TO SANTA AND WISH LIST TO THIS WEBSITE

Santa and his many volunteers will not get your letter here! He’s old-fashioned, and only likes mailed letters, whether typed or handwritten. If you email us with your requests, Santa and the volunteers will not see it. You need to mail your letter, with real stamps. Be An Elf only adopts letters posted at the website USPSoperationSanta.com like everyone else.

Here is his mailing address again, as provided by the US Post Office:

Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888

 

DOES SANTA HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS?

As of 2021, there is no email we know of to write to Santa for gifts. He only gets mailed letters. Most will be handwritten, and some will be typed, but handwritten letters from kids with pictures are still the most engaging. After all, kids writing to Santa by hand is an old holiday tradition!

 

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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.