As parents struggle with unexpected medical bills, job loss and food shortages, their children could also wake up on Christmas morning to discover Santa Claus missed their homes. It's a devastating scenario for any parent or child; however, the U. Postal Service is hoping to help make the holidays a little more merry and bright for kids whose families have been affected by the pandemic or other hardships this year. For the first time, the Postal Service is taking its Operation Santa program nationwide. The program, which dates back to , encourages kids from across the country to write letters to "Santa. Once the letters are received and posted online, others are encouraged to "adopt" and respond to one or more letters of their choosing.
USPS Operation Santa: How To Mail A Letter In Northbrook
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Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters sent to Santa from children and families arrive at Post Offices around the country. Most letters ask for toys and games. Some ask for basic necessities. Some ask for help for themselves and their loved ones. In Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local Postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters — a program that eventually became known as Operation Santa. In the s, mail volume for Santa increased so much that the Postal Service invited charitable organizations and corporations to participate by providing written responses and small gifts.
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For mail and packages sent from and to the U. When mailing a letter or postcard, postage cost depends on the size and shape of the mailpiece. You can save money mailing standard sizes that fit through automated mail-processing equipment.
And for the first time ever, we know exactly where he will be coming from. The U. Postal Service has a scoop on the fluffy, scruffy mystery man who shimmies down chimneys in a red coat once a year: his street address, including his ZIP code. Operation Santa goes digital: Up on the housetop, click, click, click: Operation Santa expands online.