SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – There are many Christmas traditions that accompany this time of year, and one of those traditions is writing a letter to Santa. The United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa program lets you answer any of these letters and help make a child’s Christmas wishes come true.
Here is how the program works. Children can write letters to Santa Claus, once the letter reaches the North Pole, the busy elves will remove any personal information from the letter before it is posted online.
Anyone can adopt a letter and purchase gifts from the list. A QR code will be connected to the letter. So when the gifts are dropped off at the post office, a postal worker will scan them and add the address label without revealing any personal information.
“It’s always great to help those who are a little less fortunate than us and we can all use a helping hand every now and then,” said Mark Inglett, USPS strategic communications specialist. “It’s our turn to help and we are more than happy to do so. Behind the scenes, everyone is really excited about it. Santa has a lot of assistants in the background and we are happy to be a part of this team.
If you want to adopt a letter and give a gift this holiday season, you will need to register online first and then browse the letters and choose one to adopt.
“You can do, you can review letters from people and kids who are maybe a little less fortunate than us,” Inglett said. So all of these letters continue to be refreshed. And what you can do is search for letters and take a look at something that you might be able to help someone with.
Letters are adopted quickly and updated daily at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.
“We have already adopted 9,300 letters and those numbers just keep growing,” said Inglett. “It’s a great program. We open them as quickly as possible and put them online as quickly as possible, but you won’t necessarily see the letter you sent if you sent one for a family member or child. “
Since this program is based on the generosity of strangers, there is no guarantee that a gift will arrive in your mailbox. Your child can participate in Operation Santa Claus by sending a letter to 123 Elf Road North Pole, 88888
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