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Help adopt needy children's letters to Santa. They'll smile Christmas!
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For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Los Angeles , CA
Saturday, November 16, 2019


You can adopt real letters to Santa written by underprivileged kids and send your gifts directly to the children who wrote to Santa. There’s no middle man or charity; it’s micro-philanthropy, direct from you to a child, when you give in this way.

Every December since 1912, the USPS ® has permitted the public to read and adopt children’s letters to Santa. Many are written by kids and Moms who ask only for “a warm coat”, “new shoes,” or other basic necessities. Volunteers at Christmas may mail their gifts directly to the child or family who needs a brighter Christmas.

In 2019 USPS Operation Santa is making the letters available nationally for the first time, and will officially launch a new website, USPSoperationsanta.com on November 18. Volunteers all across the nation will be able to read and adopt letters online, and print out the letters and an address label with a barcode. (To protect children’s privacy, USPS ® staff redact family names and addresses from every letter and put a code its place.) Later volunteers may mail their gifts from any of 19,000 postal branches; see our Locations page for details. Gifts must be mailed by December 20th, in time for delivery by Christmas.

Volunteers may also read letters in person at one branch in Chicago, and a branch in New York City. The addresses and schedule for those branches is on our Locations page.

While you are waiting for November 18th, to volunteer more effectively, look around this site and learn more about the program.

To be sure, after scanning the children’s letters and posting them at the site, the post office sends every original letter on to Santa at the North Pole. (He has a new address, which you’ll find on our Writing to Santa? page.) If you have kids yourself, explain to them you’re helping Santa out by sending children extra gifts, because their parents can’t buy much for them this year — and of course they’ll get Santa’s gifts, too!

We invite you to make a tax-deductible gift at this site online, and help us send gifts to more kids this year. Be An Elf adopts letters every year according to the donations that we raise. We select letters asking for new shoes, clothes and other basic necessities, and then mail every Mom a Target gift card. We have faith that the Moms know best what their kids want and need.

Your gift will also help us further Be An Elf’s primary mission of building public awareness of the USPS ® Operation Santa ® program, recruiting new and former volunteers, and letting the public know when and how they can volunteer. This site is an excellent online guide to the program.

Some volunteers feel alone and sad over the holidays, and find comfort and inspiration being part of this program. Others have families and bring their older kids to teach them the meaning of Christmas.

Whether you adopt a letter in person or online, or simply donate to Be An Elf, you’ll catch the true spirit of the holidays, and help put smiles on the faces of needy kids on Christmas morning. Thanks for being an Elf!

NOTE: Since we made our video just below 3 years ago, Operation Santa has changed. Most of the program is now online, and only two branches remain with the traditional walk-in program, in New York City and Chicago. Although the program has evolved and improved since this video was made, it still captures the essence and heart feelings of the program. That’s why we are leaving it up. And all the information at this website accurately reflects the new Operation Santa, which, since going mostly online, now has real potential to reach millions more volunteers than before. We hope you’ll enjoy our video below. 

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