USPS Operation Santa hopes to make family’s wishes come true

Here is how you can write and send a letter to Santa

TEXAS – USPS is providing an opportunity for family’s to experience the magic of the holiday season through its USPS Operation Santa program.

For 109 years now, USPS Operation Santa has helped make family’s wishes come true. Although letters have continued to stream in since Nov. 1, there is still time for you to send in your wishes to Santa.

Follow these simple instructions:

  • Write a physical letter to Santa;
  • put the letter in an envelope;
  • include a complete return address, including full name, street address, apartment number if applicable, city, state and ZIP code, on the envelope;
  • add a postage stamp;
  • and put it in the mail.

You must postmark letters, which populate on, by Dec. 10. If you fail to include your full name(s) and complete addresses, letters will not be posted. Additionally, envelopes without postage stamps will not arrive at the location.

Operation Santa Envelope

Photo contributed by USPS Postal Service.

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The Postal Service established USPS Operation Santa to help those in need during the holidays. The nondenominational program intends to help as many families as possible experience a happy holiday season. In order to achieve this, USPS needs letters to post on

The letters arrive at Santa’s satellite workshop in the US. Then they are reviewed, and all personal information is taken off to protect the writer’s privacy. The letters are then posted for people to adopt, with letter adoption beginningg on Nov. 29.

If you are interested in adopting a letter, you must first create an account on the website and get your identity verified. Prompts will be available to follow. Letter writers are NOT required to create an account. There is also no guarantee a letter will be adopted, or a gift will be provided. This program relies primarily on the generosity of strangers and random acts of kindness.

How to Write the Perfect Letter

Writing a personal letter takes a bit of time. Make sure to include specific information, such as sizes, styles and colors for clothes and shoes, titles of books and names of toys. This makes it easier for the letter adopter to fulfill wishes. You can find all the information you need at and on the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom. Postal Services generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses. It also relies on the sale of postage, products and service to fund its operations.