U.S. Postal Service Announces Operation Santa is Nationwide

The United States Postal Service (USPS) Operation Santa program celebrates its 108th year in 2020 by opening up to nationwide participation. The Postal Service established the USPS Operation Santa program to help those in need experience the joy of opening presents — and to create special holiday memories. Postal officials say since the program began, millions of less fortunate children and their families have been helped by the kindness of others.  Hundreds of thousands of letters are written to the USPS Operation Santa program every year.

Indiana Postal Service officials say beginning December 4, letters will be available for nationwide adoption by visiting USPSOperationSanta.com — all from the socially distant safety of your own home. Potential adopters can read the letters and pick one, or more, that they’d like to fulfill. For security reasons, potential adopters must be vetted by going through a short registration and ID verification process before they are allowed to adopt any letter.  Companies also help adopt letters. Every year many companies create teams and adopt several letters.

For more information on how to send a letter and other details on the program visit  this link at the USPS website .    The USPS says letters will be accepted Nov. 16 – Dec. 15.

USPS Operation Santa History
While the Postal Service began receiving letters 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 complete history can be found online at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom, along with additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines.