Just 32 days away from Christmas, Santa and his postal elves are now accepting wishlist letters from keiki.
The U.S. Postal Service is launching its annual Operation Santa Claus wish-fulfillment program, which begins today. The program encourages Hawaiian children to create and submit their wishlist letters from Santa Claus for potential “adoption” by anonymous gift givers. Adopters fulfill the keiki letter writers’ Christmas wishes by buying and sending them gifts in Santa’s name.
Hawaii residents are encouraged to log on starting today to adopt letters submitted by children to USPS Operation Santa. Letters can be filtered by state. Details on how to adopt a letter from Santa Claus and a history of the program are available at USPSOperationSanta.com.
Letters must be postmarked by December 12 and will be uploaded to the USPS Operation Santa website through December 19 for possible adoption.
As of 2021, more than 21,000 Santa Letters submitted to the program have been adopted nationwide, including 131 from Hawaii.
To participate in the program as a potential holiday gift recipient, all kids need to do is write a letter to Santa, put it in an envelope with a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, include their full return address and send it to the USPS. Address of the Opération Père Noël workshop:
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888
Characteristics of a good letter to Santa include:
- It’s readable
- There is a return address on the letter and on the envelope; be sure to include the full return address – apartment number, directional information (i.e., E Main St., Apt. 103) and zip code
- He has specific requests – including sizes, styles, colors, titles and names
- He is well addressed
- It has a postage stamp
When someone writes a letter, it is opened by Santa’s postal elves and, for security reasons, all personally identifiable information of the letter writer is removed (i.e. name , address, zip code) and uploaded to USPSOperationSanta.com for adoption. There is no guarantee that letters submitted to the program will be adopted.
Since its beginnings in 1912, the USPS Operation Santa program has helped connect millions of children and their families with generous adopters. In recent years, the program has evolved from a paper program hosted by some post offices to a digital program that allows customers to access letters from Santa on the USPS Operation Santa website.
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