USPS Operation Santa opens today online

While the Postal Service began receiving letters addressed to Santa more than 108 years ago, it wasn’t until 1912 that Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local Postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to them. This became known as Operation Santa. The program has helped millions of less fortunate children and their families with Christmas gifts and is for every person of every belief, or non-belief.

The USPS Operation Santa program celebrates its 108th year in 2020 by opening up for nationwide participation. Now, more than ever, the program is needed to help less fortunate kids and families during the holidays.

This is how it works: Santa’s Elves open 100s of thousands of letters. For safety reasons, all personally identifiable information of the letter writer is removed (i.e. last names, addresses, ZIP Codes). The letters are then uploaded to where they may be read and chosen for adoption by donating individuals and companies. The letters will be available this year beginning on December

Do you have a wish for Santa to know this year? To participate in the USPS Operation Santa program as a possible recipient of holiday gifts, all you have to do is write a letter, put it in a stamped envelope with a return address, and send it to Santa’s official workshop address as seen on the example envelope below. Letters will be accepted Nov. 16 – Dec. 15, 2020.

What should be included in the letter? The Postal Service is here to help with guides and tips to help kids write and send their best letters ever. All the information you could possibly need to write a letter, address an envelope, put on a stamp and send it on its way can be found on and in our Holiday Newsroom.


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