Archive for November, 2012

November 29th, 2012

Kids Will Truly Believe When Santa Writes Back

Letters From Santa postmarked North Pole

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service

Is There Really a Santa Claus?

The U.S. Postal Service is helping keep the enchantment of Santa Claus alive with its “Letters From Santa” program. “Letters From Santa” allows a parent, grandparent or any person in a child’s life to mail a letter to their child “From Santa,” postmarked from the North Pole.

Here’s how “Letters From Santa” works:

  1. Write a letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it “From Santa.”
  2. Insert the letter into an envelope addressed to your child with the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE.
  3. Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
  4. Place the envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address the larger envelope to: NORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER 4141 POSTMARK DR ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
  5. Your letter “From Santa” will be mailed back to your child, postmarked from the North Pole.

“Letters From Santa” must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 10, 2012. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest.

The personalized letters that parents send to their children via the “Letters From Santa” program is different from the historical “Operation Santa” program. In “Operation Santa,” the Postal Service facilitates the matching of customers with letters written to Santa from needy children. Participants in “Operation Santa” help fulfill a child’s dream with a gift and a response letter from Santa. (Customers are not provided the child’s address in the “Operation Santa” program.) The “Letters From Santa” program helps parents fulfill the dreams of their own children.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation — 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office™ Boxes. The Postal Service™ receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com®, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, Oxford Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service number one in overall service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.


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November 28th, 2012

USPS Operation Santa Locations 2012 – Iowa

USPS Operation Santa Post Office Location Iowa 2012

This is a list of the Iowa USPS locations that are participating in Operation Santa this year. Please bookmark this page as we may be updating it during the Christmas season.

Click here to download PDF of all participating post office locations in the country.

Pilot Grove

1348 Pilot Grove Road
Pilot Grove, IA 52648

Days of Operations

Monday–Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Contact
Janet Farris 319-469-6051

The Operation Santa Claus rules are as follows:

  • All “Dear Santa” letters are to be picked up at a post office in person. “Dear Santa” letters will no longer be sent out by mail and telephone requests are no longer accepted.
  • Companies and organizations can pick up letters by appointment only with your local post office if that facility has “Dear Santa” letters available. You will need to present a letter of introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Individuals wishing to answer “Dear Santa” letters are not required to make an appointment. Please contact your local postmaster to see if Operation Santa Claus is available in your area at this time.
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers must agree with the USPS Privacy Act Statement listed on the PS Form 6012-1 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Individual) and PS Form 6012 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Third Party).
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers are required to show one piece of acceptable identification.

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November 27th, 2012

Need great as Operation Santa starts 100th year – USA Today

Operation Santa: The Post Office program fulfills the Christmas wishes of needy children and families by finding anonymous donors for their Dear Santa letters.

Operation Santa answers Dear Santa Letters from needy children each Christmas season

12:10AM EST November 27. 2012 - Pete Fontana believes in the little miracles, those twists of fate that connect someone who has to someone who needs.

This year, before the holly draped the stone facade of the main post office in New York, Fontana, the chief elf at Operation Santa, already needs 30,000 little miracles.

Operation Santa, now in its 100th year, matches the Dear Santa letters from needy children and families with the anonymous donors willing to adopt the letters and fulfill the holiday wishes. Around the country, 26 post offices field the letters and offer them to the public for adoption.

Fontana and his staff of Santa’s helpers are deluged with requests. He worries that Superstorm Sandy’s devastation in New York created even more people with needs and whittled away at the people who have resources to help.

“This year is a tough one to predict. There are so many factors — Sandy, the economy not getting any better,” Fontana says. “I’m afraid fewer people will participate because of the havoc the storm created in so many lives.”

Last year, the post office in New York received more than 500,000 Dear Santa letters. More than a third of the letters from needy families were adopted, spokeswoman Darleen Reid says. Nationwide, the postal service expects more than a million letters, although not all will be from needy children, she says.

“We get so many,

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Operation Letter to Santa Map



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November 26th, 2012

USPS Operation Santa Locations 2012 – Florida

USPS Operation Santa Locations 2012 - Florida

This is a list of the Florida USPS locations that are participating in Operation Santa this year. Please bookmark this page as we may be updating it during the Christmas season.

Click here to download PDF of all participating post office locations in the country.

Orlando

10401 Post Office Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32862

Days of Operations
Monday – Saturday
Hours
8am – 3pm
Contact
Nancy Warren 407-826-3450

Fort Myers/Cape Coral

79 Mid Cape Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33907

Days of Operations
Monday – Friday
Hours
8:30am – 5:30pm
Contact
Debra Mitchell 239-772-7501

Cape Coral

1030 E 9th Avenue
Cape Coral, FL 33990

Days of Operations
Monday – Saturday
Hours
8:30am – 5:30pm
Contact
Debra Mitchell 239-772-7501

The Operation Santa Claus rules are as follows:

  • All “Dear Santa” letters are to be picked up at a post office in person. “Dear Santa” letters will no longer be sent out by mail and telephone requests are no longer accepted.
  • Companies and organizations can pick up letters by appointment only with your local post office if that facility has “Dear Santa” letters available. You will need to present a letter of introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Individuals wishing to answer “Dear Santa” letters are not required to make an appointment. Please contact your local postmaster to see if Operation Santa Claus is available in your area at this time.
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers must agree with the USPS Privacy Act Statement listed on the PS Form 6012-1 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Individual) and PS Form 6012 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Third Party).
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers are required to show one piece of acceptable identification.

Questions:

Required fields are marked *.

Your information
Your message
Confirmation


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November 26th, 2012

USPS Operation Santa Locations 2012 – Colorado

This is a list of the Colorado USPS locations that are participating in Operation Santa this year. Please bookmark this page as we may be updating it during the Christmas season.

Click here to download PDF of all participating post office locations in the country.

USPS Operation Santa locations 2012 - ColoradoCO/WY District CIC Office

7500 E 53rd Place RM 2212
Denver, CO 80266

Days of Operations
Monday – Friday
Hours
7:30am – 4:30pm
Contact
John Hite 303-862-6550

Click here to download PDF of all participating post office locations in the country.

The Operation Santa Claus rules are as follows:

  • All “Dear Santa” letters are to be picked up at a post office in person. “Dear Santa” letters will no longer be sent out by mail and telephone requests are no longer accepted.
  • Companies and organizations can pick up letters by appointment only with your local post office if that facility has “Dear Santa” letters available. You will need to present a letter of introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Individuals wishing to answer “Dear Santa” letters are not required to make an appointment. Please contact your local postmaster to see if Operation Santa Claus is available in your area at this time.
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers must agree with the USPS Privacy Act Statement listed on the PS Form 6012-1 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Individual) and PS Form 6012 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Third Party).
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers are required to show one piece of acceptable identification.

Questions:

Required fields are marked *.

Your information
Your message
Confirmation


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November 26th, 2012

USPS Operation Santa Locations 2012 – California

USPS Operation Santa Locations 2012 - California

This is a list of the California USPS locations that are participating in Operation Santa this year. Please bookmark this page as we may be updating it during the Christmas season.

Click here to download PDF of all participating post office locations in the country.

Los Angeles District

7001 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90051

Days of Operations
December 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 only
Hours
11am – 1pm
Contact
Richard Maher 323-586-4380

Sierra Coastal District

28201 Franklin Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91383

Days of Operations
December 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 only
Hours
11am – 3:30pm
Contact
Richard Maher or Thersea Salvador 661-775-6681

Santa Ana District

3101 W Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92799

Days of Operations
December 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 only
Hours
11am – 1pm
Contact
Richard Maher 714-662-6227

San Francisco P & DC

1300 Evans Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94188

Days of Operations
December 4, 6, 11, 18  - Hours: 11am-1pm
December 14, 21 – Hours: 11am – 3pm
Contact
Theresa Lambino 415-550-5082

The Operation Santa Claus rules are as follows:

  • All “Dear Santa” letters are to be picked up at a post office in person. “Dear Santa” letters will no longer be sent out by mail and telephone requests are no longer accepted.
  • Companies and organizations can pick up letters by appointment only with your local post office if that facility has “Dear Santa” letters available. You will need to present a letter of introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Individuals wishing to answer “Dear Santa” letters are not required to make an appointment. Please contact your local postmaster to see if Operation Santa Claus is available in your area at this time.
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers must agree with the USPS Privacy Act Statement listed on the PS Form 6012-1 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Individual) and PS Form 6012 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Third Party).
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers are required to show one piece of acceptable identification.

Questions:

Required fields are marked *.

Your information
Your message
Confirmation


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November 19th, 2012

Thanksgiving Prayers and Blessings

Thanksgiving prayers and blessings

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen!

–Scott Wesemann

Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

We Gather Together

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Amen

–Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn
(A translation by Theodore Baker: 1851-1934)

Moravian Blessing

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

Abundant Blessing

We thank you for the turkey,
The gravy and the dressing.
Dear Lord, this table overflows
With Thy abundant blessing.
Let us always be aware
That all gifts come from You,
And may we serve Your heavenly will
In everything we do. Amen.

-Joanna Fuchs


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