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Letters to Santa can aid others with USPS help
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Those in need can get their wish list ready for Santa.

The United States Postal Service is continuing a program that’s now 109 years old called Operation Santa.

Letters must be postmarked by Dec. 10, and will be uploaded to through Dec. 15 for potential adoption. Operation Santa has a goal of helping less-fortunate children and their families through the kindness of others.

Program details

USPS Operation Santa was established by the Postal Service to help those in need during the holidays. Whether you believe in Santa or not, the program is intended to help as many deserving families as possible experience a happy holiday season. That can only happen if there are letters to post on

Participation is simple: Write a letter, put it in an envelope affixed with a first-class mail forever stamp, and make sure you include your full return address and send it to Santa’s official workshop address.

The address is:

Santa Claus

123 Elf Road

North Pole, 88888

Letters without full return addresses or names will not be posted for adoption. 

Adopting a letter

Letter adoption will open in the next few weeks. Until then, there are a few things to know for those who plan to adopt a letter. 

Potential adopters, once approved, can visit, read through the posted letters, pick one or more that they’d like to fulfill, and follow the directions on how to grant that special wish for a child. For security reasons, all potential adopters must be vetted through a short registration and ID verification process before they can adopt any letter. If you’ve adopted letters in the past, you must still be verified each year. 

A complete Operation Santa history can be found online at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom, along with additional news and information, including all mailing and shipping deadlines.