Become Santa for a child in need with a USPS program

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The United States Postal Service has been receiving letters to be sent to the North Pole since 1912. Operation Santa’s mission is to get those letters answered.

USPS and good samaritans can act as the famous jolly Santa Claus by receiving letters from children and sending them a gift. The postal service is helping families in need with Operation Santa.

To send a letter to Santa, USPS suggests families use the available templates and make sure children have written down in clear handwriting the games or books they want.

To view the templates and a letter checklist, click here.

Children should also write down their shoe size, clothing size and favorite colors. To mail a letter to Santa, the envelope should be addressed to Santa at 123 Eld Road in the North Pole with the zip code 88888. USPS said to include names and a return address on the upper left corner of the envelope, and use a first-class stamp on the upper right corner.

To adopt a letter, a USPS account needs to be created and verified. Currently, letters are still being mailed and will be posted on Monday, Nov. 29. If anyone finds a letter they love and can buy the gift, it can be shipped from a participating USPS location. An adoptee does not have to buy everything that is on the list.

To become a letter adoptee, click here.

Below is a schedule for Operation Santa:

  • Monday, Nov. 15: Preregistration and ID verification begins
  • Monday, Nov. 29: Letter adoption begins
  • Saturday, Dec. 18: Drop off packages at a participating Post Office location to make sure gifts are delivered by Dec. 25
  • Wednesday, Dec. 22: Letters, if still available, will remain on the site until 11:59 p.m. Mailroom closes for the season at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 23
  • Friday, Jan. 14: Final deadline for packages to be sent

Visit the USPS Operation Santa website for more information on the program, packing and shipping information and more.

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