BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Strangers are granting holiday wishes to children through the United States Postal Service’s 110th annual “Operation Santa”.

Kids can write a letter. In exchange, anyone can adopt that child’s wishlist, go shopping, and mail the items to their home.

Letters are listed by state. Officials say adopters can read as many letters as they want before choosing a child. The hope is that someone will find a story that resonates with their family.

The purpose is to show random acts of kindness during the holidays. Especially, during a time of economic hardship.

“If you go online to try to look for letters they’re gone. I mean – you have to keep checking back because they keep getting adopted. But it’s a really popular program. Once you’ve done it, you’re hooked,” said David Walton, Spokesperson for U.S. Postal Service.

Everything is done online. The last day to submit a letter is Dec. 12. The final day to adopt a letter is Dec. 19.

There is an application process to participate in the program. For more information on Operation Santa, visit the website.

Sample Letters