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Dear Santa USPS Operation Santa Documentary

Each year, the U.S. Postal Service conducts ‘Operation Santa’, which is a program that helps under-privileged youngsters receive Christmas gifts when they might otherwise receive little or nothing. Parents who are going through difficult financial times are encouraged to make their children aware of this program, so that it might become possible for their children to receive gifts which the parents simply cannot afford. This program has worked very effectively in the past, and it’s a wonderful way of ensuring that good children receive a little Christmas cheer, instead of being disappointed on that special day.

On December 4, 2020, there will be a world premiere of a documentary about this program, entitled ‘Dear Santa’. There will be several purposes served by airing the program, apart from its purely informative value. First of all, it will alert alert youngsters to the fact that they can write in a letter which is intended to reach Santa Claus, and which may result in them receiving a gift for Christmas.

On the other end of the spectrum, it will deliver an opportunity for adults to read some of the digital letters which have been sent in already to Santa, and then adopt a child or the child’s family, by purchasing gifts for those individuals. USPS spokeswoman Kim Frum says that, “The 108-year-old program that fulfills wish lists for needy families and kids couldn’t come at a more critical juncture. 2020 has seen its share of challenges affecting individuals and families in so many ways. COVID-19 has resulted in job losses, temporary unemployment, and sadly the loss of family and friends. Couple that with devastation from national disasters, and it’s easy to see why USPS’ Operation Santa program is more important than ever.” 

Impact of COVID-19

What Ms. Frum is referring to is the fact that 2020 has been a particularly difficult year for many people in the country, from the standpoint of having either intermittent employment or none at all. The various restrictions and lockdowns which have been in effect for much of the year have caused a number of small businesses to shut their doors, or to limit commerce with consumers.

Many families are still suffering from the effects of less than regular employment, and family budgets may not allow for gift-giving during the holidays. Also because of the coronavirus pandemic, all in-person letter adoptions have been canceled this year to limit the exposure of individuals for catching the disease.

The Operation Santa program

This program was actually begun in 1912 when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock designated a single mailbox where all letters to Santa could be pigeonholed. At that time, he authorized postal workers to open these letters and respond to them according to their level of interest. Normally, when letters come in now they are posted online, which is a practice begun in 2017.

In that year, a pilot program was instituted where letters from the New York City area were accepted and posted online. In the following year, six more cities were brought into the program, and in 2019, the count of city participation was up to 17. For 2020, all cities in the country are now eligible, and that means children from any state can write letters to Santa and have a reasonable expectation of receiving a response.

Adults wishing to adopt a child or family for the Operation Santa program must register with the program and pass an ID verification test in order to participate. This year, letters will be posted online starting on December 5, and that’s when adults can choose a particular child or family to adopt. Letters should contain specific ideas for gifts that the child wants. If the gifts are in the category of clothing, children should be writing in their sizes and preferred color schemes. If the gifts are in the category of toys, books, or other objects, children are encouraged to be as specific as possible when writing the letters.

How to participate

Parents should encourage their children to write letters to Santa specifying what kind of gift they would like to receive for Christmas, and put that letter in an envelope addressed to Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888. Letters will be accepted through December 15, and a letter adoption process will be carried out in a digital manner.

To find out more information on the program you can visit the website set up by the USPS for this purpose, which is https://www.uspsoperationsanta.com/. Last year, more than 11,000 letters were adopted in a very limited program, and that number is expected to soar much higher, since the program has now been opened up to the entire country.

In situations where Secret Santas cannot be verified by the identification they submitted, it will still be possible for them to encourage a friend or an entire team to adopt a family or child. You can find out what the guidelines are for shipping gifts around the country from the USPS, because some special requirements have been emplaced during the time of COVID-19 for package shipping. 

You can also find out much more information about the program in general, and about the history of Operation Santa, by watching Dear Santa on its premiere date of December 4. This will undoubtedly be a wonderful way for you to spread some cheer during the holidays, and to make at least one individual enjoy the season much more than they otherwise would have.

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Can I get a Letter from Santa?

Anyone can receive a letter from Santa, although such a letter will probably be much more appreciated by youngsters who are aged 10 or younger. For these children, the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus is usually still alive, and it adds a great deal of meaning to the season. Just imagine the excitement your child will have when receiving a personalized letter from the jolly old Elf himself before the big day arrives. To know that Santa is aware of your child and is thinking about him or her can be very important and very exciting for your child, and it can deepen their appreciation of the holiday considerably.

How can you get a letter from Santa? 

The process for receiving a letter direct from Santa at the North Pole couldn’t be any easier. First, you’ll have to choose one of four types of letters which are available, based on the content of each letter. Then you’ll have to supply us with some information which will be used to personalize the letter, and make it specifically appealing to your child.

This information will include the child’s name, gender, data of birth, a gift they may have specifically requested, and the name of the city or town where they will be on Christmas Eve. You should also let us know just what your child has done this year to earn a place on Santa’s Nice List, as opposed to being placed on the Naughty List. Along with this personalization data, you’ll have to supply us with your current address and some payment information, and then you can leave it all up to us. 

What you’ll get 

For one small fee, you’ll get an awful lot in return, but nothing we can send you will be greater than the sheer joy you’ll see on your child’s face when they open up Santa’s personal letter to them. That look of wonder and happiness is something you’ll want to capture and re-live for many holidays afterward, even into their adult years. However, your child will be receiving some very exciting materials from the North Pole, starting with a letter contained in an envelope clearly marked with the North Pole address, to solidify your child’s belief. This customized envelope will be addressed directly to your child, and will be colored seasonally to add to the festive nature of the holiday.

The personalized letter signed by Santa Claus himself will be the real source of all the magic, and it will mean the world to your child to know that Santa is thinking about him/her. If you like, you can even get a summertime postcard for your child from Santa, wherever he happens to be vacationing at the time, to remind your child that Christmas is not far away. The type of letter your child receives from Santa can be one of four different types: an Official Letter from Santa, Santa Mail, Santa with his Sleigh, or Santa Writing a Letter. 

Contact us

To be sure your child gets on Santa’s mailing list, please contact us at Letters from Santa, and after you’ve provided all the necessary information, you can be assured your child will be remembered by Santa before Christmas time. It’s a simple thing to do, and it can mean so much to your child that it’s something every parent should consider, so as to increase their child’s enjoyment of the holiday season.